Unfortunately, when any crisis hits, there are sure to be individuals who capitalize on it. We have seen various types of fraud, theft, and other scams as a result of the new coronavirus, all designed to take advantage of people when they are at their most vulnerable. Some of those scams are as follows:
- Fake medical products/equipment: Several instances are cropping up wherein people are selling fake coronavirus-related equipment/”cures,” and testing kits. There is no cure for COVID-19 as of now, and anything that claims otherwise is false advertisement. Do not pay money for any of these fake supplies.
- Charity scams: Individuals across the state are getting calls and emails asking for donations to help stop the spread of COVID-19, including donating towards vaccine research, testing kits, and more. You should note that if anyone calls you and asks for a cash donation, it is most likely a fraud and you should not comply.
- False medical bills: If you receive a call from someone claiming to be your doctor or health insurer stating that you have to pay certain bills for treatment that you may or may not have received, there is a very good chance it is a scam. Before sending any money anywhere, you must be absolutely sure that you are doing so to a reliable and legitimate organization.
- Fraudulent medical information: Many people are now sending out fraudulent emails claiming they are from the CDC. These emails contain links with supposedly useful/helpful information regarding the virus, however, if you click such a link, you may be subjected to malware and other means by which these hackers can steal your information.
- Price gouging: Price gouging is one of the most shameless forms of theft because it specifically makes individuals pay way more than normal for products in high demand. During hurricane Sandy, we saw this happen with gas stations. Now, we are seeing individuals price gouge items such as hand sanitizer, toilet paper, and more. This is illegal and can land those who commit this offense in serious trouble.
If you are being wrongly charged with any of the aforementioned crimes, you must retain the services of an experienced Rockland County criminal defense attorney. Attorney Conway is here to help–all you have to do is ask.
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