The DA’s Office Warns the Public to Beware of Scammers During this Time of Crisis

Here are some tips:

  • Think before you click: stay away from unknown sources that could download a virus onto your computer or device.
  • Be skeptical of callers from unknown numbers or prerecorded messages that ask you for information like your address, credit card information, social security number or other personal information.
  • Ignore offers for vaccinations or other treatments from individuals or unknown companies.
  • Do your homework when it comes to donations to charities claiming to help the crisis.
  • Be alert to “investment opportunities.” The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is warning people about online promotions, including on social media, claiming that the products or services of publicly-traded companies can prevent, detect, or cure coronavirus and that the stock of these companies will dramatically increase.
  • Phishing emails or text messages may appear to be from companies you know and trust, such as banks, credit card companies, and online stores. Scammers may use legitimate company logos and slight variations of email addresses to fool unsuspecting victims.
  • Never click on a link in an email or text message that you were not expecting.
  • Never provide personal information such as passwords, account numbers, or social securities numbers over the Internet in response to an email or text message you were not expecting.
  • Ensure that your computer’s security software is up to date.

In order to report an apparent scam or fraudulent claim please email the DA’s Consumer Protection Division at

Posted on Mar 20, 2020