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FBI sees increase in fraud schemes related to COVID-19

The FBI is warning the public to be cautious of scammers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Posted: Mar 20, 2020 11:31 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The FBI is warning the public to be cautious of scammers during the coronavirus pandemic.

FBI Sacramento took to Twitter Friday warning people that criminals are attempting to use malicious websites and apps, in order to gain access to devices until they receive a payment.

“Protect yourself and do your research before clicking on links purporting to provide information on the virus; purporting to provide information on the virus; donating to a charity online or through social media; contributing to a crowdfunding campaign; purchasing products online; or giving up your personal information in order to receive money or other benefits,” the FBI said in a press release.

The FBI advises you to be on the lookout for the following

Fake CDC emails

Watch out for emails that claim to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Center or other organizations claiming to offer information on the virus. Also, be cautious of links or attachments. The FBI says to not click on attached items or links that you do not recognize.

Fraudsters can use links in emails to deliver malware to computers in order to steal personal information or to lock your computer and demand a payment, the FBI said.

Phishing Emails

Watch out for phishing emails asking you to verify your personal information in order to receive an economic stimulus check from the government. While talk of economic stimulus checks has been in the news, government agencies are not sending unsolicited emails seeking private information in order to send you money, the FBI said.

Phishing emails may also claim to be related to charitable contributions, general financial relief, airline carrier refunds, fake cures and vaccines, and fake testing kits.

Counterfeit Treatments or Equipment
People should be cautious of anyone selling products that claim to prevent, treat, diagnose, or cure COVID-19. Be alert to counterfeit products such as sanitizing products and Personal Protective Equipment, including N95 masks, goggles, full face shields, protective gowns, and gloves, according to the FBI.

If you believe you’re the victim of an internet scam or cyber-crime, or if you would like to report suspicious activity, CLICK HERE

For a list of unapproved or counterfeit equipment, CLICK HERE

For continuing coronavirus coverage, CLICK HERE

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3554629

Reported Deaths: 51395
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles118754221106
Riverside2891853749
San Bernardino2853342673
Orange2603483889
San Diego2589823260
Santa Clara1098411765
Kern102627811
Fresno947941412
Sacramento929441464
Alameda800881224
Ventura77238834
San Joaquin665691082
Contra Costa62164674
Stanislaus55775944
Tulare47784746
Monterey42138327
San Mateo38763515
San Francisco34061398
Santa Barbara31763407
Solano29968164
Merced28915395
Sonoma27954298
Imperial26843589
Kings21951218
Placer19713231
San Luis Obispo19612227
Madera15390209
Santa Cruz14588183
Marin13136197
Yolo12760185
Shasta10944174
Butte10915160
El Dorado9095100
Napa897668
Sutter884597
San Benito574359
Yuba573336
Lassen560119
Tehama508152
Tuolumne394659
Nevada393274
Mendocino379643
Amador344441
Humboldt316033
Lake313440
Glenn221023
Colusa212813
Calaveras190547
Siskiyou174014
Inyo128736
Mono12114
Del Norte9875
Plumas6536
Modoc4524
Mariposa3947
Trinity3675
Sierra990
Alpine810
Unassigned00
Chico
Partly Cloudy
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Hi: 66° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 63°
Oroville
Partly Cloudy
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Hi: 64° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 64°
Chico
Partly Cloudy
63° wxIcon
Hi: 57° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 63°
Red Bluff
Clear
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Hi: 45° Lo: 15°
Feels Like: 62°
Red Bluff
Clear
62° wxIcon
Hi: 63° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 62°
Chico
Partly Cloudy
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Hi: 70° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 63°
It was a bright and breezy Friday for northern California, however the wind has been much stronger over Modoc County where a High Wind Warning is in effect through this evening. Stronger wind and cooler air will define our weather Saturday.
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