DENVER – Federal authorities announced Saturday they will investigate and prosecute perpetrators of fraud stemming from the coronavirus crisis.

“My office and I will be steadfast in protecting the citizens of Colorado at a time when they may be particularly vulnerable to financial scams,” Jason Dunn, the U.S. attorney for Colorado, said in a written statement

He said some examples of these scams include:

• Individuals and businesses selling fake cures for COVID-19 online.

• Phishing emails from entities posing as the World Health Organization or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

• Malicious websites and apps that appear to share coronavirus-related information to gain and lock access to your devices until payment is received.

• Seeking donations for illegitimate or nonexistent charitable organizations.

• Medical providers fraudulently billing or overcharging for tests and procedures.

To report suspected fraud schemes related to COVID-19, the public should call the National Center for Disaster Fraud hotline, 866-720-5721, or email disaster@leo.gov.

Dunn said his office will work with the FBI; criminal investigators of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Homeland Security and Internal Revenue Service; the inspector general’s office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; the U.S. Marshals Service; federal courts; and state and local governments.

From our sister paper The Mountain Mail at www.themountainmail.com

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