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Council on Aging

Posted on: March 23, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Beware of Scammers Taking Advantage of the Coronavirus Public Health Emergency

The Lincoln Police Department and the Council on Aging would like to remind residents of all ages to be wary of scams that are already happening related to the Coronavirus public health emergency.  These include offers of treatments or vaccines, work at home jobs, or in-demand products like medical and cleaning supplies that may come by phone, email, internet, or messages on social media like Facebook.  Remember:

  • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. 
  • There are currently no approved treatments or vaccines for the coronavirus.
  • Never order something on the phone or online from a company or individual you do not know. Never click on website or emails links you don’t know.
  • Hang up on robocalls.  Answering and talking to them or pressing a number will just get you many more robocalls.
  • Be wary of emails saying they are from the CDC, WHO, or other government agencies with information about the virus and do not click on anything in them.  Instead, go to the CDC or WHO website for the most up-to-date information.
  • Do not make donations, especially over the phone, unless you know the organization and you have initiated the call.

Also, with the potential for checks coming from the US government, scammers will be calling and emailing, saying they are from the government and asking for personal information like Social Security numbers or credit card or bank numbers or claiming they can help you get your payment.  The government will never call or email you for these purposes.

In addition, a test for COVID-19 can only be ordered by your physician and obtained at a reputable site such as a hospital.  Do not accept tests from anyone who comes to your door, approaches you in a store or other public place, or who calls or emails you or messages you on social media.  

If you think you have been the victim of a scam, or you have a question about a communication you have received, call the Lincoln Police Department at (781) 259-8113.

If you believe you have been the victim or a scam, please call the Lincoln Police Department at 781-259-8113.  You may also contact the United States Attorney’s Office at USAMA.victimassistance@usdoj.gov or  call 1-888-221-6023 and leave a message or the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) by visiting www.IC3.gov

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