COVID-19 related scams are on the rise, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer warned San Diegans not to fall victim to these unscrupulous individuals and groups.

“As this public health crisis evolves, San Diegans need to make sure they are taking steps to prevent fraud and abuse from predators trying to take advantage,” Mayor Faulconer said.

 “We know that stressors like sheltering in place, job loss, and the closure of schools can exacerbate domestic violence and its important families know there are resources available to help you just as there are resources available to prevent falling prey to online and phone scams,” added the Mayor.

Mayor’s Office said, the scam range from telephone scams with people impersonating Internal Revenue Service agents to fake organizations requesting donations for the World Health Organization. There are also scammers offering treatment from virus and groups pretending to be conoravirus charities.

“As San Diegans struggle to respond to the pandemic, they shouldn’t have to also worry about becoming victims of crime,” District Attorney Summer Stephan said.

 “We rely on reports from San Diegans across the county to stop greedy price gouging and fraudulent schemes. We stand ready to protect consumer rights under the law and we will strictly enforce violations,” DA urged the public.

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