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From the Palos Heights PD Facebook Page. 3-21-2020
We’re sick, but not from Coronavirus. What made us sick is that we have to make this post. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has created an atmosphere of anxiety, which has created an opportunity for some to conduct a variety of scams. PLEASE help get this information out to everyone…
DO NOT download purported COVID-19 apps on your phones or devices. Most are being found to be malicious and are capable of turning on your camera and microphone. The most reliable COVID-19 info is available from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and www.coronavirus.illinois.gov
Another current popular scam involves COVID-19 survey takers and/or inspectors. There are NO door-to-door COVID-19 survey takers or inspectors. Call 9-1-1 immediately if someone comes to your door claiming to be and DO NOT let them into your home.
Other scams include, but are not limited to:
- Misrepresenting themselves as health professionals offering various services like vaccinations or testing.- Bank or investment firms offering investment opportunities due to volatile market.- Threats of arrest or prosecution if fees are not paid.- Claiming to be a hospital employee where a loved one is treated and stating $ is needed to conduct a lifesaving procedure.- Claiming to be a friend who is stuck in a foreign country and cannot leave until a fee is paid.- Claiming the victim’s computer has been infected with “corona virus” and offering to repair the device.- Claiming to be health officials, or with the CDC, asking for personal information to survey who has been in contact with someone infected with COVID-19, typically asking for financial info.- Sending emails, creating official looking websites, e-commerce platforms, or social media accounts that are used to send out disinformation or to send malware.