Combatting COVID-19 Fraud

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The United States Department of Justice

Fraud Alert:

Be aware that criminals exploit COVID-19 worldwide through a variety of scams.

If you think you are a victim of a scam or attempted fraud involving COVID-19, you can report it without leaving your home by calling the Department of Justice’s National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721 or submit the NCDF Web Complaint Form.

Be aware of fraudsters who have used stolen identities to file fraudulent claims for Unemployment Insurance benefits and exploiting the benefits provided in response to the economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. See National Unemployment Insurance Fraud Task Force (NUIFTF).

Throughout the country, federal, state, and local law enforcement are on high alert to investigate reports of individuals and businesses engaging in a wide range of fraudulent and criminal behavior, including the following examples:

  • Be on the lookout for COVID-19 vaccine fraud schemes. Never share your personal or health information with anyone other than known and trusted medical professionals. Learn more about what to avoid.
  • Be cautious of unsolicited healthcare fraud schemes through emails, phone calls, or in-person contact. The United States has medical professionals, and scientists working hard to find a cure, approved treatment, and vaccine for COVID-19. Learn more about what to avoid.