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Be aware that criminals are attempting to exploit COVID-19 worldwide through a variety of scams. There have been reports of:

• Individuals and businesses selling fake cures for COVID-19 online and engaging in other forms of fraud.

• Phishing emails from entities posing as the World Health Organization or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

• Malicious websites and apps that appear to share virus-related information to gain and lock access to your devices until payment is received.

• Seeking donations fraudulently for illegitimate or non-existent charitable organizations.

Criminals will likely continue to use new methods to exploit COVID-19 worldwide.

Please help spread this message.  Beware of scammers trying to get your personal information or your COVID-19 stimulus payment!  You work hard for your money, scammers also work hard for your money.  Don’t fall victim to a COVID-19 scam.  The IRS will NOT call, email or text you to verify your payment details.

More guidance to come from #IRS.  Please pass this information on to family, friends and co-workers.

If you think you are a victim of a scam or attempted fraud involving COVID-19, you can report it without leaving your home though a number of platforms. Go to:

Contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721 or via email at disaster@leo.gov

Report it to the FBI at tips.fbi.gov

If it’s a cyber scam, submit your complaint through https://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx

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