LCSO - COVID Scheme Awareness

Press Release

Reported Schemes Related to COVID-19

The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General released a memorandum regarding schemes related  to  COVID-19. Unfortunately,  there  have  been reports received  throughout  the  United  States of individuals  and  businesses  engaging  in  a  wide  range  of  fraudulent  and  criminal  behavior.  These  criminal behaviors include, but are not limited to:

  • Robocalls making fraudulent offers to sell respirator masks with no intent of delivery;
  • Fake COVID-19-related apps and websites that install malware or ransomware;
  • Phishing emails asking for money or presenting malware;
  • Social media scams fraudulently seeking donations or claiming to provide stimulus funds if the recipient enters his or her bank account number;
  • Sales of fake testing kits, cures, “immunity” pills, and protective equipment;
  • Fraudulent offers for free COVID-19 testing in order to obtain Medicare beneficiary information that is used to submit false medical claims for unrelated, unnecessary, or fictitious testing or services;
  • Prescription drug schemes involving the submission of medical claims for unnecessary anti retroviral treatments or other drugs that are marketed as purported cures for COVID-19;
  • Robberies of patients departing from hospitals or doctor offices;
  • Threats of violence against mayors and other public officials; and
  • Threats to intentionally infect other people

The  Lassen  County  Sheriff’s Office would like to  stress  to  the community to  take caution when receiving phone  calls  or  offers  of  assistance  from  unreliable  sources  relating  to  COVID-19. Citizens  are  encouraged  to report these types of schemes immediately to a law enforcement agency.
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