Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Coronavirus: Barrie police warn of COVID-19-related scams

Barrie police are warning residents of several coronavirus-related scams amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

One recent scam involves someone calling residents and offering them duct-cleaning services or air filters to protect them from COVID-19.

“There are no services or filters available to protect from COVID-19,” police say.

Another scam involves a fraudulent caller posing as a Public Health Agency of Canada representative selling lists of all the people infected with COVID-19 in a person’s neighbourhood.

“These lists are fake,” police say. “They then try and trick you to give your health card and credit card numbers for a prescription.”

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Officers say there’s also scams of Red Cross and other known charities supposedly offering medical products, like masks and gloves, for a donation. According to police, these are fake.

 

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