The Earthquake Commission is warning residents in the Kaikoura and Marlborough areas to be aware of people claiming to be from EQC and offering to make an assessment of their houses.
General Manager Customer and Claims, Trish Keith, says as was announced on Tuesday, private insurers will be assessing and settling home and content claims so calls or visits from people claiming to be from EQC are not genuine.
“EQC will be assessing land claims in the New Year and our assessors will always be wearing identification.
“We have reports that two men arrived at a home in Blenheim claiming to be builders and working for EQC and that other residents have received phone calls by someone wanting to make an appointment.
“EQC has not commissioned any builders to work on the Kaikoura event so anybody saying they are builders working for EQC should be treated with caution.
“Our advice is that if anyone is suspicious of someone contacting or visiting them get in touch with Police.”
Mrs Keith says that EQC does have staff in Kaikoura who are providing advice and claim support to residents and will always carry photo identification and are not assessing properties at this stage.
“We ask local residents to make sure that their family and friends are aware of these scam callers and to be careful about anyone contacting them especially older or vulnerable customers.”
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