U.S. Attorney Urges You to Report COVID-19 Fraud
UNDATED -- Be on the lookout for scammers trying to take advantage of you during the COVID-19 pandemic. That's the message from the U.S. Attorney's Office.
You can report it anytime you think you have been contacted by a suspected scammer by calling the National Center for Disaster Fraud hotline at 1-866-720-5721 or emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some examples of these schemes include:
-- Individuals and businesses selling fake cures for COVID-19 online and engaging in other forms of fraud.
-- Phishing emails from entities posing as the World Health Organization or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
-- Malicious websites and apps that appear to share Coronavirus-related information to gain and lock access to your devices until payment is received.
-- Seeking donations fraudulently for illegitimate or non-existent charitable organizations.
-- Medical providers obtaining patient information for COVID-19 testing and then using that information to fraudulently bill for other tests and procedures.