LINCOLN-(KFOR Apr. 1)-The Lincoln Police Department reported Wednesday it has seen an increase in the number of attempts to defraud people since the arrival of coronavirus in Nebraska.
Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister advised residents in a briefing Wednesday to be aware of the illegal activity and prevent themselves from becoming victims. Mayor Gaylor Baird noted that her own name had been used in fraudulent emails sent to City employees asking them to purchase gift cards.
“It’s unfortunate that in every disaster, unscrupulous individuals will use people’s fear or generosity to steal their money or identity,” said Mayor Gaylor Baird. “We all must be aware, be careful and report any attempted fraud to officals.
Jim Hegarty, President and CEO of the Regional Better Business Bureau for Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa and Kansas, asked the public to report any suspicious activity over the next few months as residents begin to receive federal funds.
“The coronavirus has created a perfect storm for scammers,” said Hegarty. “Individuals, as well as businesses, are more likely to lose money to a scam when they are financially vulnerable, isolated from others, and spending more time online.”
The LPD and BBB offered the following advice:
Randy Jones, Director of Aging Partners also reminded older adults and their families that Medicare covers virtually all costs, including the lab test for COVID-19 and any medically necessary hospitalizations.
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