Here's What You Need To Know About Insurance Scams, Water Shut Down Myths, And Other False Information On Hurricane Harvey

HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 28:  People walk down a flooded street as they evacuate their homes after the area was inundated with flooding from Hurricane Harvey on August 28, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Harvey, which made landfall north of Corpus Christi late Friday evening, is expected to dump upwards to 40 inches of rain in Texas over the next couple of days.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Here's What You Need To Know About Insurance Scams, Water Shut Down Myths, And Other False Information On Hurricane Harvey

Texas officials have tweeted the truth to put an end to the rumors.

Published August 28, 2017

As a result of the Southwest damage done by Hurricane Harvey, Texas officials not only have to worry about rescuing those in need, but they now must dispel rumors that have been shared on social media.

Everything from fake relief numbers to photoshopped images have started popping in wake of the storm. 

Now, officials in Texas have taken to Twitter and Facebook to alert people of scams and rumors circulating in viral posts. 

  1. One of the biggest concerns is a 1-800 number being used in an insurance scam

    The phone number is actually for the Foremost Insurance Group's claim service for all products except auto insurance. 

  2. Houston officials have shared the real number for relief and asked anyone in need of emergency help to call 911
  3. Additionally, Houston authorities want residents to know the water has not been shut off and is safe to drink
  4. Corpus Christi is not preventing residents from returning home
  5. These old and/or photoshopped images are not from Hurricane Harvey

    The photo of the Cajun Navy and the displaced gator date back to earlier storms. The shark and airport photos are outright fake. 

  6. Black Lives Matter is not stopping any relief efforts

    The story comes from a "satirical" website and is posted with a disclaimer, yet at least four other websites have posted the headline as truth with no disclaimer.  

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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