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Scams are reportedly on the rise in Texas since the February winter storms. State and federal recovery officials urge disaster survivors to watch for and report any suspicious activity or potential fraud.

Scam attempts can be made over the phone, by mail, email, through the internet, or in person. Remember:  Don’t wire money or pay with reloadable debit cards or gift cards.

  • Don’t offer personal financial information over the phone. Know who you are dealing with and always ask for identification.
  • In Texas, contractors are required to provide a Notice of Cancellation — which gives you the right to change your mind within three business days — if the transaction occurs in your home.
  • Get the agreement in writing. Read the contract carefully, and never sign a contract with blank spaces to be filled.


  • Potential fraud should be reported to your local law enforcement agency. You may also call the Texas Office of the Attorney General at 800-621-0508 or the free FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721, 24 hours a day.


Texans impacted by severe winter storms can find free resources from FEMA for repairing safer, stronger, and more resilient online at

or in Spanish at

Mitigation specialists are also available 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday-Saturday CST by email at  or by phone at 833-FEMA-4-US 833-336-2487.

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Stacker used data from the 2020 County Health Rankings to rank every state's average life expectancy from lowest to highest. The 2020 County Health Rankings values were calculated using mortality counts from the 2016-2018 National Center for Health Statistics. The U.S. Census 2019 American Community Survey and America's Health Rankings Senior Report 2019 data were also used to provide demographics on the senior population of each state and the state's rank on senior health care, respectively.

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