DOJ Warns Of A Variety Of COVID-19 Scams

DOJ Warns Of A Variety Of COVID-19 Scams

The Department of Justice and local law enforcement are remaining vigilant in detecting, investigating, and prosecuting wrongdoing related to the COVID-19 crisis. In a memo to U.S. Attorney’s, Attorney General Barr said, “The pandemic is dangerous enough without wrongdoers seeking to profit from public panic and this sort of conduct cannot be tolerated.” Be aware that criminals are attempting to exploit COVID-19 worldwide through a variety of scams. There have been reports of individuals and businesses selling fake cures for COVID-19 online engaging in other forms of fraud. Phishing emails from entities posing as the World Health Organization or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Malicious websites and apps that appear to share virus-related information to gain and lock access to your devices until payment is received or seeking donations fraudulently for illegitimate or non-existent charitable organizations. Criminals will likely continue to use COVID-19 worldwide to exploit the unsuspecting. If you think you are a victim of a scam or attempted fraud involving COVID-19, you can report it without leaving your home; contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud hotline at 866-720-5721 or local law enforcement.

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