Fraud Alert – COVID-19 Testing Scam
The Durham Police Department wants to warn neighbors after receiving a report involving a scam about COVID-19 testing.
A man was reportedly going door to door in a Northern Durham neighborhood asking residents for personal information. He said he needed the information in order for them to get COVID-19 testing at the Durham Police Department.
We would like to make the public aware that the Durham Police Department is not doing any such testing, nor would we go door to door and ask for information for testing.
The suspect was described as a white male who got into a white Nissan occupied by several people.
We ask that everyone be vigilant and follow the below fraud prevention tips.
Thank you for helping us keep our community safe and informed.
For information about COVID-19, please go to the Durham County Public Health Department -https://www.dcopublichealth.org/
Please share these fraud prevention tips provided by the investigators from the Durham Police Department’s Fraud Unit
COVID-19 Vaccine Scam: Scammers may be targeting citizens asking them to send money in order to reserve a COVID-19 vaccine and/or testing. If you’re asked to wire money, provide a money order or load a prepaid/gift card to pay to reserve a COVID-19 vaccine and/or testing, it is not legitimate.
Tips to Avoid These Scams
Don’t respond or reply to an email, phone call, or text message that: