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Posted on: April 17, 2020


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The Winchester Police Department received information on possible fraud and scams.   We wanted the residents of Winchester to aware of the following:

From the FBI - 

  • Price gouging and hoarding of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • COVID-19 charity related scams
  • Investment frauds
  • Business email compromise schemes as businesses have altered their standard practices to continue operations
  • Increased exploitation of ‘money mules’ (persons recruited to ‘work from home’, online dating/ romance scam and or lottery payment scam)
  • Increase in use of virtual currency (Bit coin) to facilitate blackmail attempts
  • Increase in loan, HELOC and mortgage scams
  • Increase in Health Care Fraud / obtaining personal identifiable information via robo calls, social media sites, door to door solicitation and telemarketers
  • Increase in fraudulent Medicare / Medicaid claims

From the US Postal Inspection Service -

 Anticipates delivery of 80 million Economic Impact Payments (EIPs)

Requesting Law Enforcement agencies monitor for:

  • General thefts of mail
  • Forced entries into delivery cluster box units
  • Assaults and robberies of USPS personnel
  • Break-ins of USPS delivery vehicles
  • Robberies of USPS facilities
  • Fraudulent Change of Address and Hold mail activity

Homeland Security;

  • RMVEs advocate for the superiority of the white race
  • Exploiting the COVID-19 crisis to bolster narratives and encourage attacks against minorities, including Jewish and Asian Americans
  • Online conspiracy theories describing the pandemic as a government perpetrated hoax
  • Militia extremists expressing concern about government outreach leading to mass firearm confiscations and imposition of martial law

Stay Safe!

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