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Posted on: April 3, 2020

Xenia Police warning of scammers using COVID-19 crisis to prey on vicitms

Xenia Police Division is warning the public to be vigilant against scammers trying to take advantage during this time.

The following are scams being reported in the country:

  • Robocalls making fraudulent offers to sell respirator masks with no intent of delivery
  • Fake COVID-19-related apps and websites that install malware or ransomware
  • Phishing emails asking for money or presenting malware
  • Social media scams fraudulently seeking donations or claiming to provide stimulus funds if the recipient enters his or her bank account number
  • Sales of fake testing kits, cures, "’immunity" pills, and protective equipment
  • Fraudulent offers for free COVID-19 testing in order to obtain Medicare beneficiary information that is used to submit false medical claims for unrelated, unnecessary, or fictitious testing or services;
  • Prescription drug schemes involving the submission of medical claims for unnecessary antiretroviral treatments or other drugs that are marketed as purported cures for COVID-19
  • Scams involving the IRS Stimulus payments including calls from individuals attempting to obtain personal information as the IRS will not call, email, or text to verify payment detail.

If you believe you have been a victim of a scam, you can contact Xenia Police Division at (937) 372-9901.

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