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Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler, Ulster County District Attorney David J. Clegg and NY State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli Announce Regional Effort to Combat COVID-19 Related Frauds
The Unscrupulous Are Preying on People’s Fears of COVID-19
Seniors at Particular Risk of falling Victim to COVID-19 related Internet Scams
Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler, Ulster County District Attorney David J. Clegg and New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, that their offices will be coordinating with each other, as well as with other law enforcement officials, to protect the public from COVID-19 related internet scams. District Attorney Hoovler and District Attorney Clegg stated that their offices are committed to a zero-tolerance policy towards any scammers/fraudsters leveraging COVID-19 and will prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law.
On April 15, 2020, District Attorney Hoovler issued a warning to Orange County’s citizens to be on the lookout for scams including:
District Attorney Hoovler, District Attorney Clegg and Comptroller DiNapoli announced that additional COVID-19 related crimes that they will be investigating include:
“Taking advantage of a pandemic to commit fraud is reprehensible,” said State Comptroller DiNapoli. “District Attorney Clegg and District Attorney Hoovler are leaders in educating the public and sending a strong message that this deplorable behavior will not be tolerated. I am proud to partner with them and with law enforcement across the state to protect New Yorkers and hold those who would commit these crimes accountable.”
New Yorkers can report allegations of fraud involving taxpayer money across the State by calling the toll-free Fraud Hotline at 1-888-672-4555, by filing a complaint online at email@example.com, or by mailing a complaint to: Office of the State Comptroller, Division of Investigations, 8th Floor, 110 State St., Albany, NY 12236.. 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.