FBI Sees Rise in Fraud Schemes Related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

FBI logoScammers are leveraging the COVID-19 pandemic to steal your money, your personal information, or both. Don’t let them. Protect yourself and do your research before clicking on links purporting to provide information onthe virus; donating to a charity online or through social media; contributing to a crowdfunding campaign; purchasing products online; or giving up yourpersonal information in order to receive money or other benefits. The FBI advises you to be on the lookout for the following:

Fake CDC Emails. Watch out for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or other organizations claiming to offer information on the virus. Do not click links or open attachments you do not recognize. Fraudsters can use links in emails to deliver malware toyour computer to steal personal information or to lock your computer and demand payment. Be wary of websites and apps claiming to track COVID-19 cases worldwide. Criminals are using malicious websites to infect and lock devices until payment is received.

Phishing Emails. Look out for phishing emails asking you to verify your personal information in order to receive an economic stimulus check from the government. While talk of economic stimulus checks has been in the news cycle, government agencies are not sending unsolicited emails seeking your private information in order to send you money. Phishing emails may also claim to be related to:

  • Charitable contributions
  • General financial relief
  • Airline carrier refunds
  • Fake cures and vaccines
  • Fake testing kits

Counterfeit Treatments or Equipment. Be cautious of anyone selling products that claim to prevent, treat, diagnose, or cure COVID-19. Be alert to counterfeit products such as sanitizing products and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including N95 respirator masks, goggles, full face shields, protective gowns, and gloves. More information on unapproved or counterfeit PPE can be found at www.cdc.gov/niosh. You can also find information on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website, www.fda.gov, and the Environmental Protection Agency website, www.epa.gov. Report counterfeit products at www.ic3.gov and tothe National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center at iprcenter.gov.

If you are looking for accurate and up-to-date information on COVID-19, the CDC has posted extensive guidance and information that is updated frequently. The best sources for authoritative information onCOVID-19 are www.cdc.gov and www.coronavirus.gov. You may also consult your primary care physician for guidance.

The FBI is reminding you to always use good cyber hygiene and security measures. By remembering thefollowing tips, you can protect yourself and help stop criminal activity:

  • Do not open attachments or click links within emails from senders you don’t recognize.
  • Do not provide your username, password, date of birth, social security number, financial data, orother personal information in response to an email or robocall.
  • Always verify the web address of legitimate websites and manually type them into your browser.
  • Check for misspellings or wrong domains within a link (for example, an address that should end in a”.gov” ends in ”.com” instead).

If you believe you are the victim of an Internet scam or cyber crime, or if you want to report suspicious activity, please visit the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.

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Scam Warning From Sentara Healthcare


sentara logoSentara Warns Community of COVID-19 In-Home Testing Scam


A Virginia Beach resident notified Sentara this weekend of a scam involving a caller who claimed to represent Sentara and offered a home visit for coronavirus testing. The caller claiming to be with Sentara told the resident they may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, then asked to come to the resident’s home to conduct a test. To be clear, this caller has absolutely no association with Sentara. The resident was correctly suspicious, denied the request and contacted Sentara. We appreciate the warning and are sharing it with the communities we serve. We have also notified local authorities.

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Public Advisory: Telephone Scam Warning Regarding Virginia Courts

The Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia, the administrative office of the courts, is advising the public to be on alert for a phone scam that fakes or spoofs the name and telephone number of a Virginia court on the recipient's voicemail and/or caller ID. Callers claim to be representatives of a Virginia court, inquiring about the location of individuals, or demanding monies or personal information such as social security numbers or credit card numbers. Unless you have contacted the court to make a payment and requested that someone return the call, court personnel will not initiate a call with you to collect payments. Please be advised that Virginia courts never request credit card information or personal identifiers, such as social security numbers, by telephone.

Credit card payments should only be made in a court clerk’s office or through secure online applications, such as the Virginia Judiciary Online Payment System or the General District Online Case Information System, which are available on Virginia’s Judicial System website.

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Federal and State Officials Launch Virginia Coronavirus Fraud Task Force

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 20, 2020

Federal and State Officials Launch Virginia Coronavirus Fraud Task Force

ROANKOE, Va. — In response to the increased threat of fraud presented by the Coronavirus, federal and Virginia state law enforcement leaders announced today the formation of the Virginia Coronavirus Fraud Task Force.

The Virginia Coronavirus Fraud Task Force is a joint federal and state partnership that will be led by Assistant United States Attorneys from both the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, in partnership with experienced fraud investigators from the FBI and the Virginia State Police. The mission of the task force is to identify, investigate, and prosecute fraud related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in Virginia.

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Price gouging protections in effect as state of emergency declared over coronavirus

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Charlotte Gomer, OAG
(804) 786-1022 desk
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PRICE GOUGING PROTECTIONS IN EFFECT AS STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARED OVER CORONAVIRUS
~ Anti-price gouging statute was activated upon Governor Northam’s declaration of state of emergency; covers items and services such as water, food, cleaning products, hand sanitizers, medicines, personal protective gear, and more ~
 
RICHMOND(March 12, 2020) – As public health concerns surrounding the coronavirus continue to grow, Governor Ralph Northam’s declaration of a state of emergency has triggered Virginia's anti-price gouging statutes designed to protect consumers from paying exorbitant prices for necessary goods and services during an emergency.
 
“When you’re trying to make sure that you and your family have all the necessities in order to protect yourselves against illness, the last thing you want to deal with is a scam or exorbitant price for a needed service or product. The sad reality is that there are unscrupulous folks out there who will take advantage of public health crises in order to make more money,” said Attorney General Herring. “Virginia law offers protections for folks who find themselves in need of things like medicines, cleaning products, hand sanitizers and other necessities during a public health crisis. I would encourage all Virginians to pay attention to any prices that seem too high, and contact my office as soon as possible if you think someone may be illegally overcharging for necessary goods or running a scam.”

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Norfolk Sheriff’s Office warns of jury duty scam

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  
January 15, 2018

Media Contact: Deanna LeBlanc
(757) 589-5692
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NORFOLK, VAThe Norfolk Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about a new jury duty scam. 

On Wednesday, March 6th at least three local residents received phone calls from someone claiming to be a Major with the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office. 

In one instance, the caller told a citizen they must pay a $3000 fine for failure to show up to federal jury duty. The caller warned the citizen that if they did not pay, they would be arrested. 

The caller requested the victim to pay via gift cards and demanded the victim stay on the phone as the cards were purchased. The caller provided real NSO phone numbers and used the name of a real NSO major. 

This is a scam. 

The Norfolk Sheriff’s Office will NEVER call a citizen for failure to report to jury duty. NSO deputies will NEVER ask for money over the phone. 

Jury duty notices are handled via mail or in a hand delivered summons by NSO deputies. 

If you receive a call similar to this, please notify the Norfolk Police Department Economic Crimes unit at (757) 664-7018.

NSO warns of new jury duty scam

NORFOLK, VA— The Norfolk Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about a new jury duty scam.

On Tuesday, January 8th two local residents received phone calls from someone impersonating a deputy. In one instance, the caller told a citizen they must pay an $800 fine for failure to show up to jury duty.

The caller warned the citizen that if they did not pay, they would be arrested. The caller requested the victim to pay via gift cards and demanded the victim stay on the phone as she purchased the cards.

This is a scam.

The Norfolk Sheriff’s Office will NEVER call a citizen for failure to report to jury duty. NSO deputies will NEVER ask for money over the phone. Jury duty notices are handled via mail or in a hand delivered summons.

If you receive a call similar to this, please notify the Norfolk Police Department Economic Crimes unit at (757) 664-7018

AG Herring and Sheriff Baron warn of active DirecTV Scam

Attorney General Mark R. Herring and Norfolk Sheriff Joe Baron are warning Hampton Roads residents about an active scam in the area in which scammers purporting to sell DirecTV subscriptions are conning people, including area seniors, into sending prepaid cash cards purchased from convenience or drug stores, such as GreenDot or MoneyPak cards. 

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