Beware of Scams Regarding COVID-19 Treatments and Cures

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Alexandria, VA –  In its nightly email, the city continues to urge residents to stay at home, unless going out is essential. And when out, they stress the importance of maintaining six feet of distance around others.

Scammers Taking Advantage of Fear and Hope During Pandemic

Some individuals and groups are using this time of uncertainty to deceive others for their own gain. Phone and email scams are out there so be careful. Scammers may say they have access to coronavirus tests and cures. They may report association with illegitimate health organizations.

Malicious websites purporting to dispense information about COVID-19 steal information or install malware on computers.

Never provide your personal information during phone calls or to suspicious sites and emails. This includes bank account info and social security numbers.

Use trusted websites such as the City of Alexandria,  the Virginia Department of Health,  and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). To learn more about current scams, visit the CDC’s dedicated page HERE. To lean how the Federal Trade Commission is working to stop scammers, click HERE. The Federal Drug Administration has a page about fake tests, treatments, and more. It can be found HERE.

Information on Housing

Alexandria’s Office of Housing has resources available for property owners, landlords, and others seeking assistance as a result of COVID-19. A variety of topics, such as emergency financial assistance and eviction protection, are covered on this page.  Have a question? See if it is listed HERE.

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