The Glen Ellyn Police Department would like to alert the public about fraud schemes related to COVID-19, where scammers are using this crisis to perpetuate fraud against individuals.
Scammers could be claiming to sell a cure for COVID-19, representing a charity to help COVID-19 victims, or claiming they will provide financial assistance during this crisis. If you receive a phone call, email or solicitation purported to involve COVID-19, you are encouraged to question the source to determine validity.
- Do not respond to calls or texts from unknown numbers, or any others that appear suspicious.
- Never share your personal or financial information via email, text messages, or over the phone.
- Be cautious if you’re being pressured to share any information or make a payment immediately.
- Scammers often spoof phone numbers to trick you into answering or responding. Remember that government agencies will never call you to ask for personal information or money.
- Do not click any unusual links in a text message. If an acquaintance sends you a text message with a suspicious link that seems out of character, call them to confirm its validity.
- Always check on a charity (for example, by calling or looking at its actual website) before donating.
- Be wary of any COVID-19 products claiming to detect or cure the virus.
If you believe you may have fallen victim to a fraud scheme, contact the Glen Ellyn Police Department at 630-469-1187.