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SCAM ALERT - AA County Police Advise of coronavirus (COVID-19) Scams

20 Mar 2020 12:41 PM | Jerry Nicklow (Administrator)

The PBA received this information from the Police Department:

Some of the scams I’ve seen across the country thus far are:

  • Cellphone apps providing a COVID-19 tracking map. Running in the background of these apps is a customized version of SpyMax which allows control of your phone’s information. Information suggests as many as 30 of these fraudulent apps have been identified.
  • Phishing emails and phone calls impersonating entities such as the World Health Organization and government authorities.
  • Misinformation being sent via text, social media and emails.
  • Products claiming to be a vaccine or cure for COVID-19.
  • Claims that you can reserve COVID-19 vaccine and get ahead of others.
  • Investment scams claiming COVID-19 has created financial opportunities.
  • Shopping sites readily offering products you know are nearly impossible to get.
  • Calls claiming to represent the federal government's proposed stimulus package. 
  • Persons in lab coats offering to perform COVID-19 testing door to door.
  • The American Red Cross is not offering home tests.
  • And no you don't need to buy COVID-19 software to protect your computer from the virus

  Protect yourself...

  • Don’t let anyone pressure you into making any decisions.
  • Don’t click on internet sources you don’t know.
  • Never respond to unsolicited emails, text messages or social media messages from strangers. Immediately delete them.
  • KEEP YOUR COMPUTER SECURITY (ANTI-VIRUS AND MALWARE) SOFTWARE UP TO DATE.
  • If you plan to make any donations make sure you know the charity and assure your donation is going to its intended cause.


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