From remembering wash your hands to disinfecting your screens, there's a lot already on your check lists as you try to stay healthy and safe during the coronavirus pandemic. But there could be one more harmful thing targeting you, and it has nothing to do with disease. According to the authorities, some criminals are using the outbreak as an opportunity to scam unsuspecting strangers.
Social media posts have been circulating about individuals who claim to be working on behalf of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, commonly known as the CDC, going door to door, the Moorestown Police Department in Jersey reported on its Facebook page. But instead of answering the door, you should immediately contact your local law enforcement.
"The CDC is not deploying teams of people to go door to door to conduct surveillance," the department said. "People should be warned to not let them in their homes or to speak with them. They are imposters."
And this isn't the only type of scam making headlines as COVID-19 spreads throughout our communities, with NBC News reporting earlier this week that criminals have also used the opportunity to conduct phishing campaigns.
"One of the things that's most concerning to us are phishing scams with a coronavirus theme," Herb Stapleton from the FBI's cyber criminal section told NBC. "This is a vector or an approach that we didn't see three months ago and now is suddenly successful."
Remember to exercise extreme caution, and if you say something, say something.
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