Often during times of high stress and uncertainty, scammers will try and take advantage
of the public. Nationwide there are reports of a variety of COVID-19 related scams. Our office is wanting to ensure Shasta County residents do not fall victim to such scams and will be
aggressively working to protect and educate our residents.
To get accurate information, we encourage community members to call our Consumer
Fraud Hotline at 530-225-5391. We have additional staff working and responding to calls, as we will likely be seeing an increase in COVID-19 related scams into the foreseeable future.
Here are some tips to help you keep the scammers at bay:
- There currently are no vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, lozenges or other
prescription or over-the-counter products available to treat or cure COVID-19.
- Watch for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) or experts saying they have information about the virus. As the
virus continues to spread, we will likely be seeing an increase in corona malware
coming from scam emails. For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19,
visit the CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO).
- Do your homework when it comes to donations, whether through charities or
crowdfunding sites. Don’t let anyone rush you into making a donation. If
someone wants donations in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money, don’t do it.