NEWARK, NJ (AP / WCBS 880) – Consumer affairs officials are warning flood victims in New Jersey to beware of a scam.

WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell With The Story

Homeowners in Little Falls received a “Financial Recovery Awards” letter in which the “Payment Security Administration” told recipients they’ll receive up to $27,500.

Recipients are asked to mail a “processing fee” of $29.97 to Canada.

State Consumer Affairs Director Thomas Calcagni says those who reply are giving an unknown person access to their bank account or credit card information.

“We knew that as the flood waters began receding, the scammers would start surfacing,” he told WCBS 880 reporter Peter Haskell. “By sending a check or credit card information, the consumer is exposing him or herself to sometimes limitless unauthorized cash withdrawals and charges.”

Calcagni says anyone who has received the mailing should contact the Consumer Affairs Division at 973-504-6200.

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