Utah Commerce Department warns of COVID-19 related scams

Scams come in many forms
Posted at 8:43 AM, Mar 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-31 10:43:18-04

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Commerce is warning residents of scams going around related to the coronavirus pandemic.

One big concern is that scammers will try to separate people from their upcoming government stimulus checks.

Besides that, there are warnings about "get rich schemes" and phony schemes involving real estate deals.

There are other scams that appear as a company raising money to buy surgical masks, gowns or other medical equipment to help hospitals during the pandemic.

Sometimes these groups pose as the CDC or WHO and seem like a credible source.

One rule of thumb is the old adage, "If it seems too good to be true, it probably is."

The department also suggests you ask plenty of questions if someone is soliciting money from you and to remember that government officials will not call you for personal information.

You can read the full letter from the Utah Commerce Department here.