A new scam alert issued by the government warns of an increase in fraudulent schemes related to the coronavirus.

According to The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, examples of possible scams include:

  • Phone calls asking members for their subscriber ID/bank account information for free testing and/or services to cure or prevent coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • Door-to-door solicitation for coronavirus testing and prescribing products to cure or prevent COVID-19
  • Bogus advertisements for vaccinations or medications to treat COVID-19
  • Phishing emails from impersonators of the World Health Organization or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevent (CDC) to solicit personal information
  • Advertisements offering health products such as teas, supplements or oils that are ineffective against COVID-19

If you have questions about any solicitation you receive, please give your local law enforcement a call.