The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General released a memorandum regarding schemes related to COVID-19. Unfortunately, there have been reports received throughout the United States of individuals and businesses engaging in a wide range of fraudulent and criminal behavior. These criminal behaviors include, but are not limited to:
The Lassen County Sheriff’s Office would like to stress to the community to take caution when receiving phone calls or offers of assistance from unreliable sources relating to COVID-19. Citizens are encouraged to report these types of schemes immediately to a law enforcement agency.
As a reminder, here are five things you can do to avoid a Coronavirus scam:
- No Early Access to Relief Checks: Beware of spam calls claiming to have early access to relief checks. No one has early access and anyone claiming to is a scammer. While the timeline for check distribution is not finalized, scammers are using the lack of detail to try and trick people into giving their personal information and money.
- Ignore Offers for Vaccinations and Home Test Kits: Scammers are selling home test kits and vaccinations without proof that they work. There are no products to treat or prevent the Coronavirus at this time.
- Hang Up on Robo Calls: Scammers are using Robo calls to illegally sell products, such as home fumigation and sterilization services, in order to get your personal information.
- Research Before You Donate: Don’t let anyone rush you into writing a check and making a donation. Verify the charity organization’s website before making donations. Get tips for donating wisely at ftc.gov/charity.
- Watch Out for Phishing Emails and Text Messages: Don’t click on links in email and text messages you didn’t expect.
Police Departments is warning the public about phishing scam involving COVID-19.
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