How to report scams related to coronavirus

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Posted at 3:58 PM, Apr 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-01 17:57:38-04

WISCONSIN (NBC 26) - U.S. attorney generals say scammers are preying upon people’s fears right now; that’s why they want you to report anything suspicious.

A person in California was recently charged for a fake Covid-19 cure; another case in Texas found a website promoting a fake vaccine. U.S. Attorney Matthew Krueger said it’s happening here in Wisconsin too.

“We’ve heard reports, particularly of individuals representing Medicare,” he said. “They're calling people saying they're Medicare representatives and asking for people's Medicare numbers and other personal information, saying they can have a free Covid-19 test; but that's a scam.”

Krueger said they’ve also heard of scams for respiratory masks and other tests in Wisconsin.

He said federal charges will be brought against schemesters. If you feel a red flag, you can call the National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721 or email at

To check out a list of common scams and how to protect yourself, click here.