05/24/2024
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The Department of Justice is remaining vigilant in detecting, investigating, and prosecuting wrongdoing related to the crisis.  Be aware that criminals are attempting to exploit COVID-19 worldwide through a variety of scams.

  • Be on the lookout for antibody testing fraud schemes. Never share your personal or health information to anyone other than known and trusted medical professionals. Learn more about what to avoid.
  • Be cautious of unsolicited healthcare fraud schemes of testing and treatment through emails, phone calls, or in person.  The U.S. has medical professionals and scientists working hard to find a cure, approved treatment, and vaccine for COVID-19. Learn more about what to avoid
  • Be wary of unsolicited telephone calls and e-mails from individuals claiming to be IRS and Treasury employees.  Remember IRS first form of communication is by mail – not by phone.  Learn more about fraudulent schemes related to IRS
  • Be aware of unemployment insurance fraud and learn the steps to take if you suspect criminals have exploited your identity.  Learn more about unemployment insurance fraud.

Criminals will likely continue to use new methods to exploit COVID-19 worldwide. Stay alert and stay informed about common fraud schemes related to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Find out more about types of scams.

If you think you are a victim of a scam or attempted fraud involving COVID-19, you can report it without leaving your home by calling the Department of Justice’s National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721 or via the NCDF Web Complaint Form.

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