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Posted on: March 16, 2020

Please be aware of SCAMS associated with COVID-19

COVID-19

Please be aware of SCAMS associated with COVID-19. Donations, cures, door to door canvassing and merchandise may be a scam!!! Be Alert!

Helpful Hints

🟡 Don’t respond to texts, emails or calls about checks from the government. 

🟡 Ignore online offers for vaccinations. Call a medical professional if you have questions about something that may treat COVID-19. 

🟡 The FDA just announced approval for one home test kit, which requires a doctor’s order. But most test kits being advertised have not been approved by the FDA, and aren’t necessarily accurate.

🟡 Hang up on robocalls. Scammers are using illegal robocalls to pitch everything from low-priced health insurance to work-at-home schemes.

🟡 Watch for emails claiming to be from the CDC or WHO. Use sites like coronavirus.gov and usa.gov/coronavirus to get the latest information. And don’t click on links from sources you don’t know.

🟡 Do your homework when it comes to donations. Never donate in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money

🟡 Government will never contact you in reference to receiving money through phone, Venmo, Cash Aps, Gift Cards, Cash Payments, etc.

🟡 Contact The Morris Township Police Department to Report or with any questions before you act on something.

🚨Recent Scams In Our Area 🚨

Elderly Scam with Grandchild Reference: The scam entails that a grandson/granddaughter of the victim is arrested and family is contacted for bail money.  Suspects will pose over the phone as an attorney who contacts the elderly couple via cell phone and explains their loved one is arrested and he/she needs bail money.  Their intent is to persuade the victim to agree and provide the bail money in cash. The attorney explains that he is sending a bail bondsman to pick the money up at the residence.  Ultimately an unidentified individual responds to the residence and obtains the cash money from the victims.

Video Release Scam: Victims are notified via email or text message from suspect that they have imported a virus into their computer or cell phone and have been videotaping the victims while conducting inappropriate behavior.  Suspects stated that they will release the videos via social media to the victim’s friends and family unless they provide a specified amount of money as requested by the suspect.  Payment is usually requested via bit coins, cash aps, Venmo, Pay Pal Friends and Family, or gift cards.

Vaccines: There will be online offers for COVID-19 vaccinations or pay to be tested.  Suspects will have you send payments electronically.

Text Message saying close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19: Victims will receive a text message stating that they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.  Additionally the message will say “Click here to be tested” Victims will click on the message and will be either taken to a corrupt site with inappropriate material or possibly download a virus.


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