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Monday, April 27, 2020

Shelburne Police Warn About COVID-19 Scams

Shelburne | by Jill Young  

Police and the Anti-Fraud Centre have been receiving reports of scams during the pandemic.

Shelburne Police is reminding everyone to beware of some current COVID-19 scams out there.

Police services and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre have been receiving many reports of scams taking advantage of people's fears during the pandemic.

Police say there have been unsolicited calls, emails and texts requesting urgent payment, fraudulent charities asking for money, and items being resold for profit which include miracle cures, and vaccinations.

Police say there are also fraudsters posing as a cleaning or heating company offering cleaning or special filters to protect from COVID-19.

Some of the scams also involve using the name of legitimate organizations like the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention offering things like lists of infected people in your neighbourhood or offering masks for a donation.

To help protect yourself police suggest be ready for any suspicious calls and don't be afraid to say no and hang up. They urge people to beware of upfront fees and don't give out your personal information.

To find reliable COVID-19 related information be sure to check the following legitimate websites:

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) - Public Health Agency of Canada: www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak - World Health Organization www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Ontario Government COVID-19 Website: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/

For more information about these scams and others, visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.: www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index-eng.htm

If you believe someone has contacted you attempting to scam you, report it to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre: www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index-eng.htm

If you have lost money to a scam call the police to report the incident.

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