Avoid COVID-19 Scams

COVID-19 scams prey on pandemic fears using words such as “limited supply” to create a sense of urgency

  • The US Department of Treasury will NOT ask for financial information or an advance fee (with gift cards) for grants and/or stimulus payments by phone, email or website links.
  • If giving to charitable donation, verify the charity’s authenticity – donations should never be made with gift cards or wiring money.
  • You cannot purchase or be placed on a list for a COVID-19 “cure” – for most recent information about testing and research visit www.cdc.gov
  • Remember to stop, ask questions and be suspicious of anyone asking for your personal information or financial assistance over the phone or online.

Visit Federal Trade Commission website for more advice to avoid Coronavirus related scams. The Minnesota Attorney General also has a COVID-19 Complaint Form, where fraud and scams can be reported. Additional resources can be found at:

Contact the Edina Police Department directly if you or someone you know has been a victim of a scam. The non-emergency number is (952) 826-1600.

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