The Lacombe Police Service (LPS) has seen an increase in fraudulent activity associated with COVID-19.
LPS says the following scams have been noted since the beginning of the pandemic. The LPS would like to remind the public to remain vigilant and call/report any suspicious activity.
• Spoofed government, healthcare or research information
• Unsolicited calls, emails and texts giving medical advice or requesting urgent action or payment
• If you didn’t initiate contact, you don’t know who you’re communicating to:
• Never respond or click on suspicious links and attachments
• Never give out your personal or financial details
• Unauthorized or fraudulent charities requesting money for victims, products or research
• Don’t be pressured into making a donation and if you do decide to donate, ensure you verify the charity
• High-priced or low-quality products purchased in bulk by consumers and resold for profit
• These items may be expired and/or dangerous to your health
• Questionable offers, such as:
• miracle cures
• herbal remedies
• faster testing
• Fake and deceptive online ads, including:
• cleaning products
• hand sanitizers
• other items in high demand
If you are approached by what you think could be a scam, please contact the LPS and let us assist you.
If you have a non-emergency complaint or enquiry, please contact the Lacombe Police Service at 403-782- 3279 or call your local police.
If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477.
Visit the Lacombe Police Service website at lacombepolice.ca