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COVID-19 Fraud – How to help protect yourself and your loved ones.

In true Fraudster Fashion, it appears as though they’ve wasted no time in modifying their tactics to fit the current situation and are now taking full advantage of the COVID-19 Pandemic by preying on people’s fears and vulnerabilities surrounding it.

The first step in protecting anyone from falling victim to fraud, is education!  Simply knowing that the threat exists and the basics of how they execute the scheme might be the spark someone needs to think twice before simply “going along” with the scammers story.

Just as the CDC has set guidelines for how to help protect yourself against contracting the virus, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Office of Inspector General has outlined a few guidelines on how to help protect yourself and your loved ones from falling victim to those with malicious intent!  Follow the link below for information on how to protect yourself and your loved ones.

https://www.oig.hhs.gov/coronavirus/fraud-alert-covid19.asp?utm_source=web&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=covid19-fraud-alert

In addition, Attorney General William P. Barr has outlined several schemes they have already identified and urges the public to report any suspected fraud relating to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Follow the link below for a list of example schemes and information on how to report suspected fraud.

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/attorney-general-william-p-barr-urges-american-public-report-covid-19-fraud