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Posted on: April 23, 2020

Beware of COVID-19 Fraud Schemes

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The FBI is informing the public of a few COVID-19 related scams being proliferated through social media, email, phone calls and in-person visits:

Government Impersonators

Criminals impersonating government healthcare workers and insinuating they are collecting money for COVID testing, financial relief, or medical equipment. Government solicitations of this type are illegitimate.

Fraudulent Cures or Medical Equipment

Neither a vaccine nor a cure for COVID-19 is known at this time.  Be very suspicious of anyone purporting to have a cure or a vaccine, and under no circumstances should you submit to medical treatment or virus testing from anyone other than a reputable clinic, doctor, pharmacist or local health department.

Work-from-Home Fraud

People who are at home and out of work are vulnerable to work-from-home scams. If someone you don’t know contacts you and insists that you pay them in return for a “job,” you may be dealing with a criminal.  If you receive an unusual request form a “co-worker” or “supervisor” to forward money or make a purchase, consider that your company’s email may have been hacked.  

Investment Fraud

Be wary of offers to invest in a COVID-19 cure.  The purpose of these get-rich-quick schemes is simply to defraud.  If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.  

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