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COVID-19 Fraud Reports from RCMP

Mar 26, 2020

Although we are currently in the midst unprecedented times in the Robson Valley, RCMP have already received calls in relation to COVID-19 frauds which include:

  • Private companies offering ‘fast’ covid-19 tests for sale.
Only hospitals are currently authorized to perform the tests. No other tests are genuine or guaranteed to provide accurate results.
  • Consumers are purchasing large amounts of products and reselling them at higher prices.
These products may be expired, of lower quality and increase your health risks.
  • Fraudsters are creating fraudulent and deceptive online ads offering cleaning products, hand sanitizers and other items in high demand.
  • The FTC & FDA (USA) have warned several companies selling fraudulent products that claim to treat or prevent the disease.

No such products have been approved. The unapproved drugs threaten public health and violate federal laws.

  • Fraudsters posing as police have been imposing on-the-spot fines to consumers wearing masks. They claim that wearing a mask in public goes against a full-face veil law.

It is not illegal to wear a mask for health reasons.

  • Fraudsters may urge you to invest in hot new stocks related to the disease.
  • Fraudsters are sending phishing, spear phishing and other malicious email campaigns that capitalize on the public’s fears about Covid-19.
  • Fraudsters are creating fraudulent and deceptive online ads offering cleaning products, hand sanitizers and other items in high demand.

The latest information on COVID-19 is available at:  https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

To confirm if a charity is registered: https://apps.cra-arc.gc.ca/ebci/hacc/srch/pub/dsplyBscSrch?request_locale=en

If you are unsure about an offer, remember IF IT SOUNDS TO GOOD TO BE TRUE IT PROBABLY IS -- hang-up, don’t click the link and contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center.

If you think you or someone you know has been a victim of fraud, please contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or report online at:  www.antifraudcentre.ca.

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