State Attorney launches team to investigate contractor fraud following Ian

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Fort Myers, FL - The State Attorney's Office has activated a Hurricane Ian Response Team (HIRT) to investigate claims of fraud after several residents became victims of contractor fraud following last week's hurricane.

State Attorney Amira Fox tells NBC 2 News "our residents are suffering through a catastrophic event right now. We will not allow their pain to be worsened by unscrupulous contractors and fraudsters who may think this is an opportunity to prey on honest citizens."

Members of the public who suspect they're the victim of fraud, unlicensed contracting and hurricane-related scams should call the HIRT at (239) 533-1342.

Victims are asked to leave a detailed message, including the contractor’s information, and the State Attorney’s Office Economic Crimes Unit will investigate.

HIRT is available for residents in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, and Lee counties.

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