The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to remind the public to be very mindful of possible frauds scams associated with the COVID-19 (coronavirus). Fraudsters will attempt to profit from consumers’ fears, uncertainties and misinformation.
The following few examples are what you should look for as a potential scam:
- Private companies offering ‘fast’ covid-19 tests for sale;
- Fraudulent and deceptive online ads offering cleaning products, hand sanitizers and other items in high demand;
- Malicious email campaigns that capitalize on the public’s fears about COVID-19,
- Door-to-door offering fake decontamination services;
- Fraudsters may urge you to invest in hot new stocks related to the disease.
How to Protect Yourself
- Check the Canadian Anti-Fraud website at: www.antifraudcentre.ca.
- Find the latest health information available from Public Health Agency of Canada at: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html or the World Health Organization at: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
- Beware of unauthorized or fraudulent charities requesting money for victims or research. You should never be pressured into making a donation.
If you think you or someone you know has been a victim of fraud, please contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or report online at www.antifraudcentre.ca.