A scam has gone viral online targeting victims of Hurricane Harvey.
A post on social media reads, “The National Guard is being deployed to our Texas area. If you find yourself in a state of emergency. Call 1-800-527-3907. Please copy, paste or share!!!!!!!!!”
The number belongs to an insurance group and not the National Guard. If you are in danger and call this number you will not be rescued.
There are other numbers posted like the Houston Police Department, FEMA, Office of Emergency, and Houston Coast Guard which are correct numbers. However, officials do not want you calling them if you’re in a life-threatening situation.
If you or someone you know is in need of help, emergency officials have said to call 911 and if they do not answer immediately, to stay on the line.
Please use 911 for life-threatening emergencies, and 311 or the HPD non-emergency number 713-884-3131 as appropriate. pic.twitter.com/lN4yThX1fH
— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) August 27, 2017