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Stories and information in our region on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Consumer Advocates Warn Of Coronavirus Scams

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Jane Barlow
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AP

Consumer protection and public health officials warn consumers that scammers want to cash in on fear of the coronavirus.

They say scam artists may post, email and text to promote false information about local cases of the disease that do not exist in order to sell a miracle prevention drug.

Officials also warned of people who may ask for donations to a sham charity or offer an investment opportunity in a company that is developing a treatment for the virus.

No one in Connecticut or New York so far has tested positive for the coronavirus, which is now called COVID-19.

Read the latest on WSHU’s coronavirus coverage here.