The Johnston Police Department continues to monitor the #COVID-19 situation around the Nation and state.
We have become aware of coronavirus-related scams in other communities. It is terrible that people prey on fear, but we see this during and after every natural disaster and emergency crisis.
Unfortunately, it is only a matter of time before someone reaches into the Johnston community and attempts to take advantage of the uncertainty associated with this pandemic.
The Johnston Police Department offers a few tips to help you protect yourself from these scams.
- At this time, there are NO vaccines, pills, lozenges, or potions, prescribed or over-the-counter, to prevent or cure COVID-19. NONE. Be suspicious of anyone who suggests that they have the “miracle cure.”
- Government agencies will not be calling you and asking for your personal information. This includes social security numbers, date of birth, and banking information.
- No Federal, State or local agencies are offering “door-to-door” COVID-19 testing.
- With more people online, please DO NOT click on links to sources you are not familiar with. It could download malware or a digital “virus” to your computer. For questions on reliable resources, visit Polk County Health Department, Iowa Department of Public Health or CDC.
- Many utility companies are relaxing payment due dates and delaying service disconnect orders as we work through this crisis. Consult your local provider before authorizing payment to anyone over the phone or via email.
- We all want to help our neighbors who may need assistance. BE AWARE of GoFundMe pages and newly established “charity” organizations. Your safest bet is to stay local. Visit johnstonchamber.com/1306-2/ to learn how you can support local businesses in Johnston during this pandemic.
If you believe you have been victimized, or that there was an attempt to scam you, please contact the Johnston Police Department at 515-278-2345.
We encourage you to check in on vulnerable friends and family. Social distance – wash your hands – please do not panic – and don’t hoard supplies or groceries. We are here for you 24/7 – together we will get through this as a stronger community.