OPP Warns of New COVID-19 Frauds

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fraud alert

(ESPANOLA, ON) – The Manitoulin Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to remind the public to be very mindful of possible frauds scams associated with the COVID-19 (coronavirus). Fraudsters will attempt to profit from consumers’ fears, uncertainties and misinformation.

The following few examples are what you should look for as a potential scam:

  • Private companies offering ‘fast’ covid-19 tests for sale;
  • Fraudulent and deceptive online ads offering cleaning products, hand sanitizers and other items in high demand;
  • Malicious email campaigns that capitalize on the public’s fears about COVID-19,
  • Door-to-door offering fake decontamination services;
  • Fraudsters may urge you to invest in hot new stocks related to the disease.

How to Protect Yourself

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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