AG Hill Warns Residents About COVID-19 Scams Going Around


STATEWIDE--Any time the country or state goes through a disaster, or in this case a pandemic, crooks get clever and try to scam people out of money. 

Indiana Atty. Gen. Curtis Hill says his office has already been investigating scams where Hoosiers have been fleeced. Fake utility company calls have been the most common scam so far, said Hill. 

The threat is that you owe money and they'll cut your power if you don't pay immediately. 

"You can imagine in an environment that we're in now, where people are hunkered down to stay safe and maintain their utilities because they are in their home, that's a pretty serious threat," he said.  

Hill said the best way to protect yourself is to be aware of some of the ways the crooks work and exercise some common sense.   Don't click on links in unsolicited e-mails. Don't tap on texts asking for money and don't answer calls from strange numbers.

"Imagine getting a phone call with someone saying, hey we've got a cure for the coronavirus, or getting an e-mail that alerts to a particular pill or some type of treatment," he said. "There is no effective treatment or cure that's been released as of today and that would, therefore, be an opportunity for a scammer to take advantage of the fears or concerns that many people have."

Hill said his office is also looking into hoarding or gouging concerning masks and hand sanitizer.