The Federal Emergency Management Agency will pay up to $9,000 for funeral expenses for loved ones who died of covid-19. Survivors can apply for benefits by contacting FEMA at 844-684-6333. To find out if you qualify, go to FEMA’s Funeral Assistance FAQs.
FEMA is reporting that scammers are contacting people and pretending to offer to register them for assistance. To avoid these scams, here are tips:
- FEMA won’t contact you until you call or apply for assistance.
- The government won’t ask you to pay anything to get this benefit.
- Don’t give your own or your deceased loved one’s personal or financial information to anyone who contacts you by phone or email that you don’t know.
If you think you received a scam call, hang up and report it to the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 or the Federal Trade Commission at ReportFraud.ftc.gov.