Scammers Follow Hurricane Maria’s Path 

Posted: 4:06 am Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

By Ann Kelly

 

Hurricane Irma may be gone, but now the scammers are moving in to the state. The greatest threats seem to be with so-called contractors that want you to sign away your Assignment of Benefits. The Florida Department of Financial Services has some good advice on how to make sure you’re working with reputable contractors. Hurricane Maria remains a Category 5 storm, making landfall yesterday on the island of Dominica. Mariah is headed for the US and British Virgin Island, and Puerto Rico that are still attempting to recover from Hurricane Irma. More details are available in the Dove Hurricane Guide.

There’s a fraudulent text going around that claims that Duke Energy will pay your bills. It will ask for your Social Security Number and that’s a dead giveaway it’s a scam. Duke Energy says they never okay for personal information that way and to just delete it.

The Hillsborough County School Board approved a $2.83 billion dollar budget for the 2017-2018 school year at last night’s meeting. Superintendent Jeff Eakins believes it will take another year of cost cutting before the budget he’s satisfied the budget is sound.

A good part of Bayshore Blvd in Tampa is closed for repairs on the seawall side for walkers between South Delaware and South Boulevard until mid-November. Watch for partial lane closures for vehicular traffic on Bayshore between South Howard and West Platt as well

.All counties in the Bay area remain eligible for disaster relief from FEMA. Pasco, Citrus and Highlands were added late yesterday after complaints were issued when the original list came out. See if you qualify. To find a Disaster Relief Center, or if you need more information call 1-800-621-3362.

The Wish Tree at the Dali Museum came down when Hurricane Irma passed through and the famous 30 foot Ficus Tree has already been replanted by city workers. That tree was planted at the Dali after a storm in 2010.

Today is a good day to check that SunPass account balance.Tolls will be back tomorrow. They had been halted after Hurricane Irma Hit.