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NE Attorney General warns of potential coronavirus-related scams

Posted at 4:20 PM, Mar 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-24 19:50:49-04

LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) — Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson issued a warning Tuesday to avoid possible scams related to coronavirus.

The attorney general said scammers often prey on the fear and sense of urgency of a consumer during difficult times. He added that he and his office are diligently monitoring and investigating complaints regarding COVID-19.

To avoid falling victim to a scam, remember the following tips courtesy of the attorney general:

  • Disregard solicitations offering “miracle” drugs or remedies to cure or prevent coronavirus (COVID-19). Currently, there are no vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, lozenges or other prescription or over-the-counter products available to treat or cure coronavirus according to the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Ignore calls or texts requesting your personal information. Our office has received reports of Nebraskans receiving calls and texts asking for personal information under the guises it is needed to “release funds” or “verify a relief check” from the government.
  • Research before donating. Donations to legitimate charitable entities are needed now more than ever. Don’t let scammers prey on your generosity. Before you give, research the organization by visiting its website and confirming its charitable registration status with the IRS. Keep in mind, many sham charities use names that appear similar to legitimate organizations.

Consumers can file a complaint through the attorney general’s website at www.protectthegoodlife.nebraska.gov or send an email to ago.consumer@nebraska.gov.