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Umatilla County residents, beware of flood recovery scam from the International Finance Cooperation of Needy Families Supports (IFCNFS)

March 13, 2020

Salem — The Oregon Division of Financial Regulation is warning Umatilla County residents to avoid a scam offering to help them rebuild their flood-damaged homes.

In the scam, the International Finance Cooperation of Needy Families Supports (IFCNFS) offers to provide cash to rebuild your home. The IFCNFS is a phony organization and the fraudster is looking for victims to send them personal information and cash. Avoid this scam.

It was reported to the division that a person operating by the name of Patricia Barlow offered to help a Umatilla County flood victim rebuild their home. The potential victim just needed to fill out an online application and send $3,000. The person did not send any money to the fraudster and reported it to the division.

The division encourages everyone to follow these tips to avoid financial scams:

  • Do not give out personal information by phone, email, or text message.
  • Be careful opening emails, clicking on links, or downloading, files regardless of the sender.
  • Be suspicious about claims that require personal information for free money.
  • Report suspicious scams to local authorities.
For more information about protecting your finances, visit dfr.oregon.gov/financial. Consumers can also contact the division’s advocates at 888-877-4894 (toll-free) to ask questions, file complaints, or check the license of a financial company or advisor.

About DCBS: The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov. 

About Oregon DFR: The Division of Financial Regulation is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon’s largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov and http://dfr.oregon.gov/Pages/index.aspx.

Media questions

Brad Hilliard
503-798-6376
brad.hilliard@oregon.gov

Mark Peterson
503-947-7868
mark.peterson@oregon.gov​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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