BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem is warning residents to be on the lookout for scam artists taking advantage of the COVID-19 emergency.

Other states have already seen scams using the COVID-19 virus.

"We see a surge in scams after every natural disaster, large and small, so it doesn't surprise me that scam artist would try using this global pandemic in their efforts to prey on potential victims," Stenehjem said in a news release.

  • Watch for phishing emails, ones that appear to come from legitimate government agencies such as the Center for Disease Control, especially if the email encourages you to click on the link for more information.
  • Ignore phone calls, emails, advertising or mail items offering a miracle cure, or protection against the coronavirus. These are scams. There currently is no vaccine or cure. When one is available, residents can be sure that the appropriate government agencies will promptly provide information to the public.

  • Don't be fooled by calls or text messages claiming that you are required to pay for testing or to provide personal information as part of a government response. These are scams.
  • Beware of unauthorized or fraudulent charities or solicitations. Check on the Secretary of State's website at http://sos.nd.gov to confirm if an entity is registered and contact the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-472-2600 or email ndag@nd.gov if you have concerns or suspect fraud.
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