The Wyoming Community of Buffalo is the latest in reporting fraud suspicions linked to COVID-19’s global pandemic, and the Department of Justice is advising people to report such trials.
The Buffalo, Wyoming Police Department released a statement on social media asking people to be wary of scams at this time. In addition to a more perennial scam, one in Buffalo is reported where the caller identifies himself as from Publisher’s Clearinghouse, Buffalo Police say they have seen a number of suspected scams linked to the pandemic.
“We have also been made aware of several scams related to the Covid-19 virus, and we expect these to increase with the upcoming federal support package,” Buffalo PD said. “Remember: Any help provided to you is not requested over the phone. You do not have to pay money in exchange for money allocated. And as always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call the Police Department so we can verify legitimacy. “
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Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Justice is urging people to report scams to authorities.
“The pandemic is dangerous enough, without wrongdoing trying to take advantage of public panic, and this kind of behavior cannot be tolerated,” Attorney Barr said in a March 16 memo to United States attorneys.
The Department of Justice website says they “remain vigilant in detecting, investigating and prosecuting wrongdoing related to the crisis.”
The DOJ says people who need to report a possible scam can contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud hotline at 866-720-5721 or reach out by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Federal Bureau of Investigation can also be reported at tips.fbi.gov.
Online or cyber scams can be reported through the FBI’s Center for Internet Criminal Compliance Center: https://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx
The following information has been published on the US Department of Justice website:
Be aware that criminals are trying to exploit COVID-19 worldwide through a series of scams. There have been reports of:
-Individuals and companies selling fake cures to COVID-19 online and practicing other forms of fraud.
-Phishing emails from entities posing as the World Health Organization or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
– Old websites and apps that seem to share virus-related information to access and lock your devices until payment is received.
– Seek out fraudulent donations to fraudulent or non-existent charities.
Criminals are likely to continue to use new methods to exploit COVID-19 worldwide.
If you believe you are a victim of a fraud or attempted fraud involving COVID-19, you can report it without leaving your home on a variety of platforms. Go to:
Contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721 or by email at email@example.com
Report it to the FBI at tips.fbi.gov
If it is a cyber scam, submit your complaint via https://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx
The U.S. Department of Justice’s website https://www.justice.gov/coronavirus