Coronavirus Fraud Schemes

FBI Sees Rise in Fraud Schemes Related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic (Source https://www.ic3.gov/media/2020/200320.aspx )

Scammers are leveraging the COVID-19 pandemic to steal your money, your personal information, or both. Don’t let them. Protect yourself and do your research before clicking on links 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 advises you to be on the lookout for the following:

Fake CDC Emails.

Watch out for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or other organizations claiming to offer information on the virus. Do not click links or open attachments you do not recognize. Fraudsters can use links in emails to deliver malware to your computer to steal personal information or to lock your computer and demand payment. Be wary of websites and apps claiming to track COVID-19 cases worldwide. Criminals are using malicious websites to infect and lock devices until payment is received.

Phishing Emails.

Look 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 cycle, government agencies are not sending unsolicited emails seeking your private information in order to send you money. Phishing emails may also claim to be related to:

  • Charitable contributions
  • General financial relief
  • Airline carrier refunds
  • Fake cures and vaccines
  • Fake testing kits

Counterfeit Treatments or Equipment.

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 (PPE), including N95 respirator masks, goggles, full face shields, protective gowns, and gloves. More information on unapproved or counterfeit PPE can be found at www.cdc.gov/niosh. You can also find information on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website, www.fda.gov, and the Environmental Protection Agency website, www.epa.gov. Report counterfeit products at www.ic3.gov and to the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center at iprcenter.gov.

If you are looking for accurate and up-to-date information on COVID-19, the CDC has posted extensive guidance and information that is updated frequently. The best sources for authoritative information on COVID-19 are www.cdc.gov and www.coronavirus.gov. You may also consult your primary care physician for guidance.

The FBI is reminding you to always use good cyber hygiene and security measures. By remembering the following tips, you can protect yourself and help stop criminal activity:

  • Do not open attachments or click links within emails from senders you don’t recognize.
  • Do not provide your username, password, date of birth, social security number, financial data, or other personal information in response to an email or robocall.
  • Always verify the web address of legitimate websites and manually type them into your browser.
  • Check for misspellings or wrong domains within a link (for example, an address that should end in a “.gov” ends in .com” instead).

If you believe you are the victim of an Internet scam or cyber crime, or if you want to report suspicious activity, please visit the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.

Local Field Office Locations: www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field

The City of Dunkirk Police Department has been receiving several inquiries as to whether or not there is a travel ban or travel advisory in place within the City.  The Dunkirk Police Department would like to inform residents that at this time, there is NOT a travel ban or travel advisory in place within the City of Dunkirk.  However, Police do advise residents to continue the practice of social distancing and to leave their residence only when necessary.  

DPD Implements Safety Measures

The City of Dunkirk Police Department has been monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic daily. We are working closely with County, State and Local Health Professionals and receiving guidance from them on a daily basis. The number one priority for our Department is to effectively serve the City of Dunkirk residents, businesses and visitors in a manner to provide a safe community. During this State of Emergency and in an effort to not jeopardize the staffing levels in this unprecedented and evolving situation, effective immediately the Dunkirk Police Department will be implementing the following safety measures to reduce any possibility of exposure and spread.

When contacting the Police Department please disclose whether you or any member of the household is experiencing any type of illness. Non-Emergency calls for service may be handled over the telephone. Our Officers will be following the universal precaution guidelines for distance, exposure and will be communicating in open outdoor areas whenever circumstances make it possible. Complaints will be taken at the Police Department Desk Window and only essential personnel or anyone deemed authorized will be permitted into the Police Department. These measures are for our safety and protection as well as those we serve. Please try not to inundate our Communications Center with Non-Emergency calls.

We highly encourage everyone to follow the guidelines issued by the CDC as well as the New State and Chautauqua County Departments of Health. Please keep yourself updated by visiting the Chautauqua County Department of Health website www.facebook.com/myhealthycounty

The City of Dunkirk Police Department will continue to provide our best Public Safety to the Community we serve and we are here for you.

By all of us working together we will get through this and we THANK YOU for your understanding and cooperation during this most difficult time for all of us.