Thursday, March 26, 2020

The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) would like to warn the public about potentially fraudulent activity in the District of Columbia related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

During this public health emergency, scammers have taken an opportunity to defraud citizens in various ways. MPD has recently been notified of individuals in the District going door-to-door attempting to sell “Coronavirus insurance”. Those interactions are suspected to be fraudulent.

In effort to keep the community safe, MPD asks the public to avoid the following COVID-19 related scams:

  • Individuals offering to sell treatment for COVID-19, such as cures, vaccines, and insurance.
  • Online sales of high demand medical supplies such as surgical masks.
  • Telephone calls or emails demanding funds for COVID-19 treatment or other medical services.
  • Solicitation of donations for those affected by COVID-19.
  • Phishing telephone calls, text messages, or emails from national and global health authorities asking to provide personal and/or financial information.
  • COVID-19 apps or downloads that can potentially compromise users’ devices and personal information with malware.
  • Investments claiming to prevent, detect, or cure COVID-19.

The Department takes matters such as this seriously and will hold such offenders accountable for their actions.

If you have been a victim or have knowledge of a suspected Coronavirus fraud or scams in Washington, D.C., please contact the Metropolitan Police Department Financial and Cyber Crimes Unit at 202-727-4159 or mpd.fraud-unit@dc.gov.

For more information and resources about COVID-19, please visit coronavirus.dc.gov