Lacombe Police warn of ongoing COVID-19 related scams

LPS would like to remind the public to remain vigilant and call/report any suspicious activity

The Lacombe Police Service (LPS) has seen an increase in fraudulent activity associated with COVID-19.

The following scams have been noted since the beginning of the pandemic. The LPS would like to remind the public to remain vigilant and call/report any suspicious activity.

Spoofed government, healthcare or research information and unsolicited calls, emails and texts giving medical advice or requesting urgent action or payment

  • If you didn’t initiate contact, you don’t know who you’re communicating to
  • Never respond or click on suspicious links and attachments
  • Never give out your personal or financial details

Unauthorized or fraudulent charities requesting money for victims, products or research

  • Don’t be pressured into making a donation and if you do decide to donate, ensure you verify the charity

High-priced or low-quality products purchased in bulk by consumers and resold for profit

  • These items may be expired and/or dangerous to your health

Questionable offers, such as:

  • Miracle cures
  • Herbal remedies
  • Vaccinations
  • Faster testing

Fake and deceptive online ads, including:

  • Cleaning products
  • Hand sanitizers
  • Other items in high demand

If you are approached by what you think could be a scam, please contact the LPS and let us assist you.

If you have a non-emergency complaint or enquiry, please contact the Lacombe Police Service at 403-782- 3279 or call your local police. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477.

Visit the Lacombe Police Service website at lacombepolice.ca.

-Submitted by the Lacombe Police Service

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