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Police warn of scams related to COVID-19

As people continue to respond to ever-evolving changes surrounding COVID-19, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment reminds residents not to let their guard down when it comes to scams.

“Fraudsters are attempting to take advantage of these times and are attempting to profit from consumer fear, uncertainty and misinformation,” said Aaron Miller, PEC OPP Community Safety Officer. “While fraudsters continue to utilize traditional techniques, they have developed a series of new ideas in attempt to exploit the current trend.”

A few of the current scams include:
Fraudulent government, healthcare or research information accounts
Unsolicited calls, emails or texts givin g medical advice
Unauthorized or fraudulent charities requesting money for products or research
Questionable offers including miracle cures, herbal remedies or faster testing
Fake and deceptive online ads including cleaning products and hand sanitizer

Fraudsters are also posing as a number of agencies including:
Electrical companies threatening to disconnect power
Centre for disease control and prevention
Red Cross
Government departments
Cleaning or heating companies offering duct cleaning services or air filters to protect from COVID-19

“These fraudsters continue to evolve and develop new techniques. Remember: legitimate agencies will never pressure you for information over the phone or demand money immediately.”

Click here for more information on the scams from the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. 

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