COVID-19 Fraud Alert

Posted on April 23, 2020


Fraud Alert: Be aware that criminals are attempting to exploit COVID-19 worldwide through a variety of scams.  The following recommendations have been provided by the United States Attorney’s Office.

  • Be cautious of unsolicited healthcare fraud schemes of testing and treatment through emails, phone calls, or in person.
  • Be the lookout for an increase in cryptocurrency fraud schemes including but not limited to blackmail attempts, work from home scams, paying for non-existent treatments or equipment, or investment scams.
  • Be wary of unsolicited telephone calls and e-mails from individuals claiming to be IRS and Treasury employees.  Remember IRS first form of communications is by mail – not by phone.
  • Criminals will likely continue to use new methods to exploit COVID-19 worldwide. Stay alert and stay informed about common fraud schemes related to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
  • If you think you are a victim of a scam or attempted fraud involving COVID-19, you can report it without leaving your home by calling the Department of Justice’s National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721 or via email at disaster@leo.gov

This information is provided by the U.S. Attorney General’s Office, and more detail can be found on their flyer Covid-19 Fraud Flyer

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