The COVID-19 outbreak has led to new scams targeting many people. Scammers are setting up websites, contacting people by phone, email, and posting disinformation on social media platforms. Often they are pretending to be a family member or charity in need of help and financial assistance. Some are posing as health officials offering bogus treatments,vaccines, and testing kits. Note that there is currently NO FDA-approved vaccine for COVID-19 and it is not possible to order a testing kit online.
At this time please be extra cautious, and do not give out any personal information over the phone or online. Hang up on robocalls, and do not order anything from Coronavirus related Ads on social media.
When in doubt please refer to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and NYS Department of Health or call the COVID-19 hotline: 1-888-364-3065. Call Dutchess County Office of the Aging at (845) 486-2555 with any further questions about scams or potential scams.
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