Tricksters in white lab coats and phishing emails: Be wary of coronavirus-related scams, officials warn
Officials nationwide are warning residents to be wary of potential coronavirus-related scams targeting people gripped by fear in a global pandemic.
Police and government officials nationwide are warning residents to be wary of potential coronavirus-related scams that target people gripped by fear during a global pandemic.
U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Friday issued a statement “urging the public to report suspected fraud schemes related to COVID-19.” Included in the statement were a list of potential schemes the Attorney General’s office is aware of, including phishing emails, malicious websites, and illegitimate or non-existent charities.
Not mentioned in the list of potential schemes but circulating on social media is the threat of people in white lab coats approaching homes, pretending to be from a state’s health department or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In Florida, the Daytona Beach Police Department and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office have both posted warnings about such a scam.