The N.H. Attorney General’s Office is warning residents to be alert to possible scams arising from the COVID-19 outbreak.
Federal prosecutors in New Hampshire and elsewhere issued similar warnings earlier this week.
“Scammers may take advantage of fears related to [the] COVID-19 outbreak by selling bogus ‘treatment’ and ‘prevention’ products, establishing fake charities, and sending seemingly legitimate emails with malicious links or attachments,” the N.H. Attorney General’s Office said in a news release.
The Attorney General’s Office noted that there are no approved over-the-counter medications, vaccines, oils, lotions or other products that can treat or cure COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. “Always check with your health care provider before buying such products,” the office said.
Other advice from the Attorney General’s Office includes:
If an appeal to donate is claiming to come from a charity, make sure the organization is registered with the Attorney General’s Charitable Trusts Unit. A list is available at doj.nh.gov/charitable-trusts.
If an appeal comes from an individual, “think hard” before donating unless you know the person and what that person is going through.
Check that you are dealing with the charity or individual and not someone using a “deceptively similar name.”
Don’t be rushed into donating.
Don’t assume calls for donations on social media are legitimate.
Look out for fake emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.