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Posted on: April 9, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Avoid Becoming a Victim of a COVID-19 Fraud Scheme

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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.

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