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Protecting yourself from COVID-19 scams

Posted March 25, 2020 | Last updated March 31, 2020

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Scammers may take advantage of fears surrounding the impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in our communities. Help to protect yourself and others by learning about existing scams and precautionary measures you can take to avoid being scammed.

Government Assistance Scam

Do not respond to calls, emails or text messages about money from the federal government. Scammers will attempt to get money in exchange for government assistance. The government does not request payment upfront for financial assistance.

Charity Scams

There has been an increase in charity scams where individuals claim to represent a charity and ask for donations. Research any charity before you decide to donate, and go directly to their website. Do not donate using a gift card or wire transfer.

Fake Coronavirus Test

If someone comes to your home claiming to be from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) or World Health Organization (WHO) to test you for COVID-19, do not answer the door or allow this individual into your home.

Undelivered Goods

Be wary of websites claiming to sell basic necessities such as cleaning supplies and toiletries. Fake websites will take money without delivering products. Only shop on websites you already frequently use and trust.

Fake companies will send out emails and/or text messages with links to their website. The fake website links can be used to access your valuable personal information. If a message looks suspicious, do not click on the links and delete the message.

If you come across any suspicious claims, report them to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint. For additional resources and updates, visit the following:

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Canceled Legislative and International Affairs Committee: 1 p.m. April 7, 2020; City Council Conference Room 290, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas St.

Fort Worth Crime Control and Prevention District Board of Directors Special Called Meeting: 1 p.m. April 7, 2020; City Hall, City Council Conference Room 290, 200 Texas Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76102.
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City Council Meeting: 2 p.m. April 7, 2020; City Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas St.
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Canceled Fort Worth Housing Finance Corporation: 2 p.m. April 7, 2020; City Cuncil Conference Room 290, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas St.

Canceled City Council Work Session: 3 p.m. April 7, 2020; City Council Conference Room 290, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas St.

Canceled Financial Empowerment Workshop Series: 6 p.m. April 7, 2020; Northside Community Center, 1100 N.W. 18th St.
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Crime Control and Prevention District Election - Public Meeting: 6 p.m. April 8, 2020; Northwest Branch Library, 6228 Crystal Lake Drive.

Crime Control and Prevention District Election - Public Meeting: 6 p.m. April 8, 2020; Victory Forest Community Center, 3427 Hemphill St.

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport Board Meeting Conference Call: 8:30 a.m. April 9, 2020; Conference Call.
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Canceled Mayor's Committee on Persons with Disabilities Meeting: 10 a.m. April 9, 2020; Hazel Harvey Peace Center.

Regional Transportation Council Meeting: 1 p.m. April 9, 2020; North Central Texas Council of Governments.
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Canceled Grow Your Own Vegetables - Canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions: 6 p.m. April 9, 2020; Botanical Research Institute of Texas, 700 University Drive.
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Canceled Financial Empowerment Workshop Series: 6 p.m. April 9, 2020; MLK Community Center, 5565 Truman Drive.
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Crime Control and Prevention District Election - Public Meeting: 6 p.m. April 9, 2020; Southwest Regional Library, 4001 Library Lane.

Code Rangers: 9 a.m. April 11, 2020; Hazel Harvey Peace Center for Neighborhoods, 818 Missouri Ave.

Canceled Crud Cruiser Cleburne: 9 a.m. April 11, 2020; Cleburne, 1501 W. Henderson, Cleburne, TX 76033.

Canceled Crud Cruiser Hurst: 9 a.m. April 11, 2020; Hurst Bellaire Shopping Center, 300 E. Pipeline Rd. Hurst, TX 76054.

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