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U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox of the Northern District of Texas is urging the public to report suspected fraud schemes related to COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus) by calling the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) hotline at 1-866-720-5721 or submitting tips online at justice.gov/DisasterComplaintForm. The U.S. Department of Justice is committed to disrupting fraudsters intent on capitalizing on the pandemic. 

Some examples of potential COVID-19 schemes include:

  • Anyone selling fake testing kits, treatments, or cures for COVID-19
  • Websites seeking donations for illegitimate or nonexistent COVID-19 charities
  • Fraudulent phone calls from individuals posing as health insurers seeking personal information
  • Phishing emails from entities posing as the CDC or WHO, which may contain malware
  • Robocalls offering medical supplies with no intent to deliver
  • Scams claiming to provide economic impact payments (colloquially known as stimulus funds) if consumers input their bank information
  • Fraudulent medical billing for procedures related to COVID-19
  • Threats to public officials advocating quarantines
  • Hoarding or price-gouging of necessary supplies
  • Threats to intentionally infect individuals with COVID-19
 
In this difficult time, the Justice Department is also committed to protecting citizens from unlawful discrimination, including threats based on protected class. As in all emergencies, the COVID-19 outbreak has affected people of many different races, religions, and ethnicities, as well as those with disabilities. As Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Eric Dreiband wrote in an April 2020 memo, "unlawful discrimination may also discourage people from coming forward to seek treatment or information." Citizens of the Northern District of Texas can find information about how to file a discrimination complaint at https://civilrights.justice.gov/, or by reaching out to the District's Civil Rights Coordinator, Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicole Dana, at 214-659-8600. 


In March 2020, the Northern District of Texas convened a COVID-19 working group -- led by U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox and Northern District of Texas Coronavirus Fraud Coordinator Assistant U.S. Attorney Fabio Leonardi -- comprised of more than 20 federal, state, and local agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), IRS - Criminal Investigations, the U.S. Secret Service, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, the Department of Labor Office of Inspector General, the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General, the Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Inspector General, the Department of Education Office of Inspector General, the Small Business Administration Office of Inspector General, the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Office of Inspector General, and the Texas Attorney General's Office. 

To date, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Texas has taken action against a number of clinics promoting sham treatments, including: 

  • Court Prohibits Dallas Wellness Center from Touting ‘Ozone Therapy’ as COVID-19 Treatment (press release here)
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office Files Enforcement Action Against Chiropractor Promoting Fake COVID-19 Treatment (press release here)


To find more about Department of Justice resources and information, please visit www.justice.gov/coronavirus.

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Coronavirus.gov

This is a primary lane of information for the public regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19).  It is a portal for public information that is curated by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Task Force at the White House, working in conjunction with CDC, HHS and other agency stakeholders. Coronavirus.gov will link to the appropriate Federal agency website as the authoritative source for that information as necessary.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) landing page on CDC.gov is the latest public health and safety information from CDC and for the overarching medical and health provider community on COVID-19. The site contains consumer and medical information on how the virus spreads, symptoms, prevention and treatment, stigma, cases and what to do if you are sick, along with frequently asked questions.

What the U.S. Government is Doing | Spanish

Landing page on USA.gov that is cataloging all U.S. government activities related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).  USA.gov can support both English and Spanish content. 

 

Updated August 4, 2020

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