COVID-19 Related Scams
The Pueblo Police Department wants our community to be educated and on alert for potential scams related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
*There are a wide variety of scams happening in other communities across the nation. We know Scammers like to take advantage of people all the time especially during natural disasters and emergencies.
Remember most scams try to entice a special offer, present a sense of urgency, and usually sound too good to be true. These Scammers try to take advantage of people with the intent to prey on their fears about the virus. They may try to seek personal information and/or financial payments. Below are a few examples to be on the look out for and not fall victim to.
Some scams to be made aware of are as follows:
- Phone scams. This is the most common scam and often related to sales or seeking personal information. Hang up on robocalls and don’t press any numbers. Some scams have been specifically seeking payment to reserve a COVID-19 vaccine, test kit sales, and recent announcements of checks being payable to citizens by the United States Government.
- Phishing scams. These involve email, text messages, social media, or a link that looks innocent. Don’t click, tap or download unknown links from unknown senders. Watch for emails and fraudulent links claiming to be the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization.
- COVID-19 Test Kit scam. There currently IS NOT an FDA approved home test kit available for the virus. Don’t trust products that promise a medical cure for all.
- Door to Door solicitations. Be cautious of any unauthorized individual(s) coming to your doorstep to try to speak to you about COVID-19/Corona Virus and potentially posing as testers or to selling test kits.
- Donation seeking. Be cautious donating to someone you don’t know, makes you feel rushed, and are seeking cash, gift cards, or asking for you to wire money.
Government sending checks to citizens
- The government will not ask you to pay anything up front to get this money. No fees. No charges. No nothing.
- The government will not call to ask for your Social Security number, bank account, or credit card number. Anyone who does is a scammer.
- These reports of checks aren’t yet a reality. Anyone who tells you they can get you the money now is a scammer.
Resources for reporting scams:
If you have fallen victim to a crime involving a scam by providing personal information/financial payment, please contact the Pueblo Police Department (719)-553-2502 on how to file a report.
If you notice any scams, fraud, price gouging, or other attempts to take advantage of Coloradans during this public health emergency, contact Stop Fraud Colorado at 800-222-4444 or www.StopFraudColorado.gov.
Any suspicious claims (imposters, phone/text, internet, robocalls etc.) report them to the (Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at ftc.gov/complaint
To learn more about COVID-19 please follow the links below:
- Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment https://county.pueblo.org/public-health/covid-19
- Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
- Centers for Disease Control
- World Health Organization
- Call CO-Help at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 or email COHELP@RMPDC.org, for answers in English and Spanish