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Don’t Fall for Coronavirus Scams

Community Protection Division
Boulder County District Attorney’s Office

What Scammers Are Doing

  • Setting up fake websites to sell unproven treatments, or to offer cleaning and disinfecting products at exorbitant prices.
  • Calling, texting, sending emails, and creating social media posts to entice you to buy a bogus testing kit or fake product, or to offer vaccinations.
  • Sending fake information in messages that appear to be from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or other experts claiming to have new info about the virus.
  • Creating fake “investment opportunities” claiming that products or services of publicly-traded companies can prevent, detect, or cure coronavirus – and that the stock of these companies will dramatically increase in value as a result.
  • Setting up fake efforts to take donations for victims in hard-hit areas.

What You Can Do

Be alert!

  • According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there are currently NO drugs or vaccines approved to treat or prevent coronavirus.
    • Ignore online offers, calls, emails, texts and
      social media posts telling you otherwise.

Be smart buying online

  • Shop from trusted places and sellers and compare prices before buying.
  • The FDA advises that testing for the coronavirus is only conducted in verified state and local public laboratories.
    • Ignore online offers for virus test kits.

Visit reliable resources for the most up-to-date information

  • Boulder County Public Health: www.boco.org/COVID-19
  • Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment: www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/
  • CDC: www.cdc.gov

Don’t click on links in unsolicited emails or from sources you don’t know

  • These links can lead you to a fake website or can download malicious software (malware) or a virus onto your computer.
  • Make sure the anti-malware and anti-virus software on your computer is up to date.
  • Do your homework before donating or investing
  • Check that a charity is legitimate at the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office or at www.coloradogives.org.
  • If someone wants donations in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money, don’t do it.
  • Be alert to virus-related investment schemes, and research new investments carefully.

Call the Community Protection Division with Questions, or to Report a Scam 303-441-3700

Download the flyer:
DA Fraud Alert on Coronavirus scams 3-18-20

Source:
Community Protection Division
Boulder County District Attorney’s Office
Michael Dougherty, District Attorney

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