The NH Attorney General’s Office warns residents that scammers may take advantage of COVID-19 outbreak fears by selling bogus “treatments” and “prevention” products, establishing fake charities, and sending seemingly legitimate emails with malicious links or attachments. The following are tips to help protect yourself as well as information on how to report possible scams and/or fraud.
Beware of False Claims
Do not be tempted by claims and advice on social media or websites that a product or treatment can cure or prevent COVID-19. Currently, there are no prescription or over-the-counter pills, vaccines, oils, lotions, or other products available to treat or cure COVID-19. Always check with your health care provider before buying such products.
Be Careful When Making Donations
Before making donations to support those who are ill or suffering financially because of the COVID-19 outbreak, DO YOUR HOMEWORK:
- If the appeal claims to be from a charity, make sure that it is registered with the Attorney General’s Charitable Trusts Unit. The list may be found here: doj.nh.gov/charitable-trusts
- If the appeal is for an individual, think hard about donating unless you know the person needing help and that person’s circumstances;
- Do not let anyone rush you into making a donation;
- Check that you are dealing with a legitimate charity or individual and not an “imposter” with a deceptively similar name;
- Do not assume that social media recommendations for donations are legitimate.
Be on the Lookout for Phony CDC Emails
Be careful about opening emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or from others claiming to have information about COVID-19. Clicking on links or attachments could cause a computer virus to infect your device.
For More Information or to Report Scams of Fraud
To report possible scams or fraud, please
For up-to-date information about the COVID-19 outbreak in New Hampshire, please visit NH.gov/COVID19. For up-to-date information in the City of Lebanon, please visit LebanonNH.gov/COVID19.