Don't Fall for COVID-19 Scams

The Coronavirus has put each citizen of Lee County in disruptive routines. For some of us, the impact has been little while others have experienced harsh lifestyle changes and perhaps illness.  Fraudsters recognize that we are all vulnerable right now and the possibility is high that someone will attempt to con you into falling for one of the many schemes related to this virus.  Please insure that you are dealing with a legitimate company and that the questions asked are reasonable and do not reveal personal information.

 Order Face Masks:  Phony online stores are out there.  If you do not know the company, or if there is “pressure” to order quickly then consider this as a flag to do more research before spending money or providing a credit card number. 

 Fake Cures:  Currently there are no U.S. Food and Drug Administration  approved vaccines or drugs to prevent coronavirus. 

 Government Issued Funds:  With expanded unemployment benefits and/or stimulus checks expected out soon, please know that  under no circumstances will the government call you to ask for your Social Security Number, bank account, or credit card number.  You also will not be asked to pay money in advance and there will not be charges or fees associated with receiving the money.  

 If you have questions about Fraud or Identity Theft, or if you would like a Crime Prevention Specialist to speak to your community, group, or organization about any of the topics that we offer, please call the Community Response Unit at (239) 477-1278.