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Avoid Scams + Report Price Gouging

Post Date:03/29/2020 3:10 PM

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 Scams 

To learn more about COVID-19 scams, visit the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) webpage If you come across any suspicious claims, report them to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint

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. 

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