COVID-19 scams spreading

COVID-19 is the latest target of scammers across the country, including a recent case in Door County. Earlier this week the Door County Sheriff’s Department was steered towards a case of fraud through e-mail as the suspect posed as a town official trying to get donations for COVID-19 efforts. The e-mail was immediately recognized as a potential scam and the Door County Sheriff’s Department already has a lead on who may be the owner of the email address used in the potential crime. Like any scam, Chief Deputy Pat McCarty says you should be careful of who is contacting you and why they are reaching out.

Three government agencies are trying to get ahead of other potential scams related to the coronavirus. The Federal Trade Commission and Food and Drug Administration have warned seven companies about unsupported claims about virus protection. The Internal Revenue Service is also telling the public to be aware of scams related to the stimulus checks arriving in the coming weeks.

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