The Better Business Bureau of South Central Louisiana is warning residents of scams being reported in the area in relation to the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.
The Attorney General's Office also is warning people against scams. Already, there have been reports of scam messages coming into the State, a release states. From selling fraudulent cures to establishing fake charities, scammers will attempt to capitalize on consumer anxiety and generosity. If you suspect a Coronavirus Scam, report it to the Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-800-351-4889 or fill out a consumer dispute form at www.AGJeffLandry.com.
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According to a release, the BBB is asking everyone to remain vigilant and take notice of threats to everyday consumers like price gouging over daily necessities such as gas, toilet paper and food. Customers are asked to report potential price gouging to the BBB or the Attorney General's Office.
The BBB is also warning customers about receiving text messages, calls and e-mails about getting a deal on streaming platforms such as Netflix and Hulu. These types of scams are aimed at the large amount of people who are now self-quarantining at home.
Another area of concern for local consumers is previously booked vacation trips that people are now trying to reschedule due to COVID-19. The BBB advises consumers to try to work out their trip plans with the venue before contacting them to mediate the situation.
Fake cures and prevention measures along with emails abort emergency government grants for COVID-19 are also on the rise from scammers trying to cash in on anxiety surrounding the pandemic.
Concerned consumers who believe they are experiencing a scam related to COVID-19 are asked to file a complaint and contact the BBB at 337-981-3497 or www.BBB.org.