Criminals don't usually take the day off, even during a pandemic. Remember to remain vigilant and keep informed of the latest scams related to the Coronavirus Disease.

Be aware of the latest COVID-19 scams that are out there. Here are a few.

  • A police imposter who stops you while driving, asks where you are going and why you are out. An officer must have a reason to pull a driver over other than for simply driving on the road. If you are unsure if the officer is legitimate, ask for credentials (a badge, identification number). If you are scared, drive to a local precinct or call 911.
  • Make sure that you're not going to a phony station for COVID-19 testing. The Maryland Department of Health has a listing of appointment-only testing sites.
  • Beware of people coming to your door offering to disinfect your home. This is a scam.
  • Online offers for face masks at soaring prices with the promise of quick delivery. Keep in mind that face masks are at a premium right now, along with sanitizers and other items to disinfect your home. Most requests for these items are taking much longer to be delivered to your doorstep.
  • Price gouging is illegal and should be reported to the Maryland Office of Attorney General online or their Consumer Hotline at 410-528-8662.
  • Cures! As of this writing, there is no cure or vaccine for COVID-19. The best preventive measures are washing your hands thoroughly, covering your cough, avoiding close contact with people (keep a six foot social distance) and wearing a face mask to protect others.

The Baltimore County Department of Health has a hotline number that is open seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 410-887-3816 with your questions about the Coronavirus.

Additional resources and up-to-date information are available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

If you have been scammed, call 911.