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Arizona Attorney General's Office holding town hall about COVID-19 scams

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Posted at 5:30 AM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 10:19:16-04

Scammers are looking to cash-in on COVID-19 and with the growing number of people falling victim, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is hosting a virtual town hall Wednesday to explain what you need to look out for.

He says the three top scams are government imposters, miracle product scams, and door-to-door scams.

He's reminding residents that the government will never call you and ask for your social security number, bank information or credit card number in order to receive a stimulus check or unemployment check.

“Utility companies, they’re not going to be calling you. The government’s not going to be coming to your house. If anyone initiates conversation or contact, I would just assume it’s a scam," Brnovich said.

He's also warning people about charity scams and recommends going to CharityNavigator.org to determine if a charity is legitimate before sending money.

“These are crimes of opportunity," he added. "Because of everything that’s happening right now with all the mental stress, physical stress and all the health-related stress, people are more vulnerable than they’d normally be and the con-artists, the crooks know that. So we need to make sure all of us are armed with that knowledge and we don’t get ripped off."

Wednesday's town hall is in collaboration with the city of Peoria.

To join, click here.

The Attorney General's Office is holding another COVID-19 webinar on May 29. For a full list of future webinars, click here.