Department Of Justice Requests Citizens Be Aware Of And Report COVID-19 Fraud
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Oklahoma
Criminals Actively Exploiting COVID-19 To Commit Fraud And Theft
For accurate and up-to-date information on COVID-19, please visit the CDC’s website at cdc.gov/covid19.
The Department of Justice is remaining vigilant in detecting, investigating, and prosecuting wrongdoing related to the crisis. In a memo to U.S. Attorneys, Attorney General Barr said, "The pandemic is dangerous enough without wrongdoers seeking to profit from public panic and this sort of conduct cannot be tolerated."
Be aware that criminals are attempting to exploit COVID-19 worldwide through a variety of scams. There have been reports of:
- Individuals and businesses selling fake cures for COVID-19 online and engaging in other forms of fraud.
- Phishing emails from entities posing as the World Health Organization or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Malicious websites and apps that appear to share virus-related information to gain and lock access to your devices until payment is received.
- Seeking donations fraudulently for illegitimate or non-existent charitable organizations.
Criminals will likely continue to use new methods to exploit COVID-19 worldwide.
If you think you are a victim of a scam or attempted fraud involving COVID-19, you can report it without leaving your home though a number of platforms. Go to:
- Contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Report it to the FBI at www.fbi.gov/coronavirus#Report-Fraud.
- If it's a cyber scam, submit your complaint through https://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx
For more information regarding Federal Efforts, Department of Justice Resources, and Coronavirus Fraud News, please visit the Department of Justice COVID-19 Fraud Page at https://www.justice.gov/coronavirus.
Updated April 18, 2023
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