FBI warns of coronavirus scams -- here's what to look out for

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WISCONSIN (CBS 58) -- The FBI is warning people to beware of COVID-19 scams including those already after your federal stimulus check. 

The FBI issued an alert that phone calls, texts, and emails asking for personal or financial information to obtain the $1,200 federal payment check included in a COVID-19 stimulus bill are not legitimate. 

The FBI has also heard reports of individuals and businesses selling fake cures for the virus. 

The United States Department of Justice set up a new website to consolidate information.

"Criminals will likely continue to use new methods to exploit COVID-19 worldwide," the FBI said. 

If you think you are a victim of a scam or attempted fraud involving COVID-19, you can report it without leaving your home though a number of platforms.

Go to:

  • Contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721 or via email at disaster@leo.gov
  • Report it to the FBI at tips.fbi.gov
  • If it's a cyber scam, submit your complaint through https://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx

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