RI State Police warn of scams


SCITUATE, R.I. (WLNE) – The Rhode Island State Police warns the public to be vigilant of COVID-19 pandemic scams.

“During these difficult and unsure times, criminals seek to take advantage of citizens’ concerns about COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus,” said Major Timothy G. Sanzi, Detective Bureau Commander. “Members of law enforcement have observed an increase in fraudulent activity seeking to exploit people’s fears and we want Rhode Islanders to be aware of the scams we are seeing most frequently.”

Scams reach victims via telephone, text message or email and are often unsolicited. Telephone scammers often pretend to be a nonprofit organization seeking financial donations.

Citizens are discouraged from giving any personal or financial information such as credit cards or banking information over the phone.

Emails containing malicious attachments or links to fraudulent websites tricking victims into revealing sensitive information or donating to fraudulent charities.

If you come across an email or text message like this, be wary and delete them immediately.

You may contact the following agencies if you believe you are a victim of fraud:

The Rhode Island United Way Cybercrime Hotline by dialing 2-1-1.
Rhode Island’s Consumer Protection Unit at the Office of the Attorney General (401) 274-4400.
Your local state police barracks or local police department. Please initiate your complaint via telephone during this time of social distancing.
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