Community advised to be on the look-out for coronavirus scams

The LaPorte County Sheriff’s office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana is warning the public to be on the look-out for coronavirus fraud.

Specifically, residents are advised to watch for:

• 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

• Websites claiming to provide stimulus funds when 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

To report suspected coronavirus frauds, the community is advised to phone (219)937-5656 or 866-720-5721, or email disaster@leo.gov.

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