Congressman Anthony Brindisi and Attorney General Letitia James host scam prevention workshop

Congressman Anthony Brindisi (NY-22), along with New York State Attorney General Letitia James, hosted a Covid-19 scam prevention workshop Thursday night.

Posted: May 14, 2020 10:53 PM

Congressman Anthony Brindisi (NY-22), along with New York State Attorney General Letitia James, hosted a Covid-19 scam prevention workshop Thursday night.

The workshop was set up in a teleconference style and format. It was meant to help keep residents vigilant on Covid-19 related scams.

New scams are popping up daily, everything from fraudulent robocalls to text messages touting a Covid-19 vaccine.

With so many people home using the internet to connect with their loved ones, online scams have become very popular among st scammers and hackers.

Congressman Brindisi says Google blocks more than 100 million phishing emails each day related to coronavirus, that's why he and the attorney general held this teleconference. They want you to be on the lookout for Covid-19 related scams and these scams are not limited to technology.

"Individuals knocking on doors pretending to be representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and offering tests for Covid-19 for a fee," New York State Attorney General Letitia James said. "Please know that Covid-19 is free, the recently passed CARES Act guarantees free Covid-19 testing for all including individuals who have private insurance, no one should be offering a test for payment, most testing sites require that you have an appointment but please do not pay for any Covid-19 testing."

James says scammers could also be targeting your stimulus payments.

“What they are doing is using Covid-19 as an excuse to take money out of your pocket and/or to garnish your stimulus money that you are receiving from the federal government," James said.

She says to also be aware of price gouging.

“We have received a lot of complaints about price gouging, in fact to the tune of five thousand, seven hundred, we’ve issued more than 14 hundred cease and desist orders to businesses and suppliers and whole sellers," James said. "We’ve had conversations with super markets and other businesses in constituencies all across the state of New York.”

Brindisi and James say it's important to remember that the government would never knock on your door or call you and ask for your personal information including your social security information or bank account information.

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