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Posted on: April 2, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Morgantown Police Warn Citizens of COVID-19 Fraud

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The Morgantown Police Department would like to remind citizens to be cautious of fraud and scams regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic and is offering tips for citizens to protect themselves online and on the phone.

In a press release the Federal Bureau of Investigation indicates it has seen an increase of online fraud schemes related to COVID-19. These fraudulent messages typically fall under one of these categories:

  • Fake CDC emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or other organizations claiming to offer information on the virus;
  • Phishing emails asking you to verify personal information in order to receive an economic stimulus check from the government, or other entities like fake cures and vaccines or testing kits;
  • Messages claiming to treatment or equipment such as a COVID-19 vaccination, gloves, respirators, or face masks.

The Morgantown Police Department also recommends following these tips to protect yourself from all forms of email scams:

  • Do not click on links within an email unless you are certain of the sender’s identity;
  • Do not open attachments within an email unless you are certain of the sender’s identity;
  • Do not provide personal information such as your social security number, date of birth, or financial data in an email or over a phone call; and
  • Always verify the web address by manually typing them into your browser.

 If you believe you are a victim of an internet scam or cyber crime or you would like to report suspicious activity, please visit the FCC website, or contact the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at

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