One thing is certain in today's world, even COVID-19 can't stop crime.

No matter what the situation, there will always be unscrupulous individuals out there preying on the fears of unsuspecting senior citizens in an attempt to defraud them. With so much attention being given to the coronavirus, it could be very easy to let your guard down and be taken by one of many scams that are currently operating.

Stop Fraud Colorado has posted some good information about ways older Colorado residents are being targeted by scammers during this unprecedented time. I want to bring five of these fraudulent operations to your attention, in hopes that it can help prevent you or someone you know and love from suffering financial loss.

THERE IS NO MANDATORY TESTING FOR COVID-19
Do not respond to an online solicitation that says you are required to be tested for the virus and tells you to take action. There is no legitimate COVID-19 preparedness test or any online application to receive a test.

IN-HOME TEST KITS ARE NOT A THING
Fear and uncertainty can be extremely motivating. There doesn't seem to be enough COVID-19 tests to go around which may cause some people to panic. You will find are crooks who are selling high-priced in-home testing kits, but what you should know is there are no FDA approved in-home test kits for COVID-19.

NO MIRACLE TREATMENTS, CURES, OR PREVENTION OF COVID-19
Someday we will have a vaccine for COVID-19 and perhaps even some medication to help treat it, but that day has not arrived. People selling medicines, supplements and essential oils that make such claims are fraudulent. Do not waste your money on these fake products.

STIMULUS CHECK ASSISTANCE
While everyone is consumed with safe social distancing and sanitizing, they also want to know where their stimulus check is. There is plenty of information on government websites to help you track your money. If a stranger is offering their services to help you get your stimulus check, shut the door, hang up the phone, delete the email. All they want to do is steal your money. If you do need help, go to someone you know and trust.

HOME HELP SERVICE MAY NOT HELP
Another way thieves are targeting older Americans is by offering their services to do shopping, run errands, cleaning and sanitizing your home, maybe even air duct repair cleaning. While there are local businesses that legitimately offer these services, the red flag will be that the solicitation is not coming from a reputable local business, and they want their payment upfront.

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