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Better Business Bureau warns of government imposter scams that have targeted locals | #coronavirus | #scams | #covid19


The couple was asked to go to Walgreens and purchase gift cards, and read off the numbers on the back of the cards.
Better Business Bureau

The Better Business Bureau has been made aware of recent employment-government and fake invoice scam reports, with some happening to local community members.

“This elderly couple located in Granby reported to us that they almost fell for a scam. So they got a call, it was from the US Department of Health and Human Services and the scammer said that they would receive almost 15 thousand dollars but it was a very exact amount it was 14,589 dollars” said Stephanie Garland, BBB Springfield Regional Director.

The couple was asked to go to Walgreens and purchase gift cards, and read off the numbers on the back of the cards.

“Thankfully this couple was really smart and they went ahead and called us and asked us some really hard questions before sending money” said Garland.

Scammers even tried with the Carthage Police Department, sending a fake invoice to renew the City’s website, but an official noticed something wasn’t right.

“So they are familiar with these large organizations that have many clients, they are familiar with how their paperwork looks. They are just hoping that catch that one entity to make that payment. They can do that several times then they start receiving money” said Chad Dininger with the Carthage Police Department.

Garland says these types of scams are common and especially now with the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The government imposter scam that’s a really old scam that’s been around for a long time. People usually are impersonating the IRS or unclaimed money and trying to take advantage of COVID-19 around here, you know, in the middle of a recession get as much money as they can to line their pockets.”

However she says posing as the US Department of Health and Human Services is new.

“That’s not usually the top most impersonated organization that we have found.”

And the Better Business Bureau is reminding people to be safe.

“Once the moneys gone, it’s gone” added Garland.

The BBB has also been receiving reports of scams claiming to be Purell Hand Sanitizer company.



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