As COVID-19 continues to spread globally, Mounties are asking people to be on the lookout for associated scams.
Here are a few, from consumers in other countries:
COVID-19 tests for sale, by private companies
Only hospitals can perform the tests, according to RCMP. Police say no other tests are genuine or guaranteed to provide accurate results. Also, watch out for miracle cures, herbal remedies and other questionable offers, like vaccinations, faster tests, etc.
Buying up product, reselling it at a higher price
Whether it's toilet paper or Lysol wipes, beware of folks trying to make a buck off the pandemic. Keep in mind that these products may be expired, be of lower quality and dangerous to your health.
Fraudsters have been going door-to-door offering fake decontamination services.
As #COVID19 (coronavirus) continues to spread globally, be on the lookout for associated scams. Visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre website to learn how to protect yourself: https://t.co/gFOE1p0UQJ pic.twitter.com/bW9fTXE1d2— RCMP (@rcmpgrcpolice) March 13, 2020
Unfortunately, some people have been posing as law enforcement, and have issued on-to-spot fines to consumers wearing masks. They claim wearing a mask in public goes against a full-face veil law. FYI: It isn't illegal to wear a mask for health reasons.
Stocks, stocks, stocks
"You should invest in hot new stocks related to COVID-19," says the scammer.
No, don't do it. It's a lie.
Fraudsters are also sending phishing, spear-phishing and other email campaigns that capitalize on the public's fears about COVID-19.
Don't believe every ad you see
Some consumers have reported deceptive online ads. They include: cleaning products, hand sanitizers and other items in high demand.
If you think your or someone you know has been a victim of fraud, contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501. You can also file a report online.