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District Attorney Hoovler Warns Public to be
Vigilant for Coronavirus Scams
The Unscrupulous Are Preying on People’s Fears of COVID-19
Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler, on April 15, 2020, issued a warning to Orange County’s citizens to be on the lookout for scams related to the current Coronavirus outbreak. Since the crisis began, many people have been taken in by fraudulent claims or offers of goods and services, supposedly meant to assist in dealing with COVID-19.
According to the Federal Trade Commission, some of those scams include:
Citizens should be cautious of any post on social media having to do with the coronavirus outbreak. False claims in those postings are frequently used as the means to draw in unsuspecting victims. In short, citizens should beware of any contact that offers to provide them with assistance against the pandemic. As usual, if you did not solicit an offer, you should ignore it, and you should keep your computer’s security software up-to-date.
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has warned that some scammers have been taking advantage of information from high school graduates posting their photographs and year-book entries on the internet. Some of that personal information can be used by scammers to answer security questions to help them gain unauthorized access to online accounts.
“Unfortunately, the same type of scammers who hope to enrich themselves by preying on the vulnerable in every crisis are also at work now,” said District Attorney Hoovler. “COVID-19 created an unprecedented disruption to our lives which has caused many, particularly seniors, to use the internet in ways they are not accustomed to. We must be more cautious than ever about unsolicited offers that will supposedly help us or others through the pandemic. As always, if an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If you believe you are the victim of a crime contact law enforcement.”