CONCORD — The federal prosecutor for New Hampshire is asking the public to report any suspected fraud related to the coronavirus outbreak.
In a news release Monday, U.S. Attorney Scott W. Murray said Attorney General William Barr has told federal prosecutors to prioritize the investigation and prosecution of such schemes.
“During this national emergency, a small number of cruel and self-serving individuals are seeking to profit from the public’s fear of COVID-19,” Murray said in a news release, referring to the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
Examples of fraud, according to the release, can include:
Selling fake cures for COVID-19 online;
Fraudulent emails that pretend to be from the World Health Organization or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention;
Malicious websites and apps that claim to have information about coronavirus, then lock visitors’ devices until they pay up;
Solicitations for money for fake charities;
Medical providers using patient information shared for COVID-19 testing to fraudulently bill for other procedures.