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Latest COVID-19 Pandemic Scam

On August 23, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody issued a consumer alert, warning Florida residents of the latest Corona Virus-related scam. I want you to know so you don’t become a crime victim and add to the challenges we all face with this pandemic.

Here’s how it works:
Criminals are pretending to represent the head of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in fraudulent e-mails that tell recipients they’re eligible for relief money and require them to provide their personal/ financial information.
This is known as a phishing scam and the goal is to create a sense of urgency to trick you into clicking a link or opening an attachment without thinking. You might be lured into providing passwords or financial information to receive the relief funds.

Don’t fall for this!
The FTC is not sending out COVID-19 stimulus or relief money. This is a scam and you can report it to the FTC by visiting its Report Fraud website at https://report or e-mailing ReportPhish
Here are some good reminders about recognizing fraud and how to avoid falling prey to imposter scams. It may be a scam if you receive:

  •  Unsolicited e-mails, phone calls, or texts;
  • High-pressure tactics or offers too good to be true;
  • Threats of loss if you don’t take immediate action;
  • Requests for immediate payment using gift cards, credit cards, prepaid debit cards, or wire transfer.
  • Don’t automatically trust a number listed on caller ID, an e-mail address, or a stamp on mailed correspondence;
  • Don’t click on suspicious links;
  • To contact a company or government agency, look up the phone number rather than the number provided in the e-mail;
  • Never, EVER give out your personal or financial information (Social Security number, banking info, passwords, etc.) online in response to an e-mail;
  • Talk to a trusted family member if unsure.

The Attorney General’s website provides helpful information on several types of Coronavirus scams—ranging from unsubstantiated disinfectant claims, fake treatment and cures, at-home testing kits, fraudulent products, and scams involving federal stimulus checks.

Look for Scams At A Glance, www. You can also report scam information or file a complaint.

The Volusia Sheriff’s Office continues to safeguard our beautiful community. Reach out to our neighbors and families and continue to help keep each other safe.

Thanks everyone,
Sheriff Chitwood