BROWNSVILLE, Texas — The Brownsville Police Department put out a statement warning the community about schemes surrounding COVID-19.
The department said the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney ‘s Offices have received reports of individuals and businesses participating in fraudulent and criminal behavior.
The examples listed are as follows:
•Sales of counterfeit or fake testing kits, cures, “immunity” pills, and protective equipment;
•Social media scams fraudulently seeking donations or claiming to provide stimulus funds if the recipient enters his or her bank account information;
•Robocalls making fraudulent offers to sell respiratory masks with no intent of delivery;
•Seeking donations fraudulently for illegitimate or non-existent charitable organizations;
•Fraudulent offers for free COVID-19 testing to obtain medical claims for unrelated, unnecessary, or fictitious testing or services;
•Medical providers obtaining patient information for COVID-19 testing and then using the information to fraudulently bill for other tests and procedures
The department says the community should not respond to texts, calls or emails about government checks. There are no treatments for COVID-19 at this time.
The public should also be aware of a charity’s authenticity before donating.
If you believe you have been a victim of a scheme, report it to your local law enforcement.
You can also contact the Texas Attorney General’s Office complaint line at 800-621-0508, or the National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721.