DOJ Launches Task Force to Fight COVID-19 Scams

DOJ Launches Task Force to Fight COVID-19 Scams

(LibertySociety.com) – Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, scammers have targeted vulnerable businesses and citizens. The Federal Trade Commission has warned Americans to be aware of potential schemers during the outbreak. Now, the Department of Justice is taking action, too.

On Monday, May 17, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the new COVID-19 Fraud Enforcement Task Force. The DOJ will combine its resources with other government agencies to crack down on fraud across the country. The attorney general said his department will “use every available federal tool…to combat and prevent COVID-19 related fraud.”

The DOJ has reportedly charged people with crimes related to scams totaling over $600 million already. Although the federal government has spent a year cracking down on fraudsters, the DOJ still needs the public’s help. They ask that anyone who has information about suspected fraud contact National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) by phone at (866) 720-5721 or online HERE.

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