The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have received reports of suspected scam attempts related to coronavirus.
Coronavirus scams can come in the form of robocalls, emails, or online sellers offering cures, tests, vaccinations, assistance in applying for CARES funds, or offering significant amounts of money to help cover medical costs, business costs, or new business funding.
The people behind these offers may claim to be with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), or other government agencies and may claim to have special information or products available.
Residents who receive robocalls should hang up and not press any numbers or answer any questions. Beware of text messages and emails offering cures, information, or financial assistance related to coronavirus. Carefully research requests for donations. Don’t send cash, gift cards, or wire money.
The FTC reported that Americans have lost more than 13.4 million to coronavirus related scams so far this year.
The FTC offers the following tips to keep scammers at bay:
For more information on the latest scams, sign up for consumer alerts. Residents can report suspicious claim to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint.
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