Avoid Scams + Report Price Gouging
We care about you and your safety! The City of Corona encourages residents and businesses to be alert for scams and price gouging related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, it is common for scammers to exploit the uncertainty associated with emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here are some tips to help you avoid scams:
• Hang up on robocalls. Don’t press any numbers. Scammers are using illegal robocalls to pitch everything from scam treatments to work-at-home schemes.
• Ignore online offers for vaccinations and home test kits. Scammers are trying to get you to buy products that aren’t proven to treat or prevent COVID-19 — online or in stores. At this time, there also are no FDA-authorized home test kits for the Coronavirus. Visit the FDA to learn more.
• Fact-check information. Scammers, and sometimes well-meaning people, share information that hasn’t been verified. Before you pass on any messages, contact trusted sources. We've linked official sources below.
• Don’t click on links from sources you don’t know. They could download viruses onto your computer or device.
• Watch for emails claiming to be experts saying they have information about the virus. For the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the Riverside County Public Health Department Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO).
• Do your homework when it comes to donations, whether through charities or crowdfunding sites. Don’t let anyone rush you into making a donation.
The community can protect themselves by relying on information related to COVID-19 from trusted sources like their city, county, state and federal public health officials:
• City of Corona: www.CoronaCA.gov/COVID-19
• County: Riverside County Public Health
• State: California Department of Public Health
• Nation: The Center For Disease Control
• World: World Health Organization
Report Possible Price Gouging
The Riverside County District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation has set up a hotline number to report suspected price gouging during the current COVID-19 state of emergency. Anyone who believes a person or business may be price gouging can call Consumer Protection Price Gouging Hotline at (951) 955-0764. Price gouging may also be reported by submitting a complaint form online. To learn more about how to protect yourself from price gouging, click here.