COVID-19 Rumor Control, Scams, and Related Topics
Cybercrime Support Network (CSN)
Created to help people and small businesses learn about cybercrime and have the tools needed to combat it, CSN hosts the Fraud Support Network, a website that teaches cybercrime victims how to report these types of crimes, recover from them, and reinforce their cybersecurity. The site has a page devoted to COVID-19 scams.
Counterfeit Respirators / Misrepresentation of NIOSH-Approval
Counterfeit respirators are products that are falsely marketed and sold as being NIOSH-approved and may not be capable of providing appropriate respiratory protection to workers. When NIOSH becomes aware of counterfeit respirators or those misrepresenting NIOSH approval on the market, the CDC will post them here to alert users, purchasers, and manufacturers.
Businesses in Violation of Executive Order 107
Use this online form to report a Businesses (Employer, Organization, or Entity) in Violation of Non-essential Business Closure (Executive Order 107)
Report Fraud of any Kind
The New Jersey COVID-19 Fraud Task Force is a joint federal-state task force created to investigate and prosecute a wide range of misconduct arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, including the unlawful hoarding of medical supplies, price gouging, charity scams, procurement fraud, insurance fraud, phishing schemes, and false and misleading investment opportunities. Residents are encouraged to report possible misconduct through a hotline established by the National Center for Disaster Fraud at (866) 720-5721 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Complainants may remain anonymous. Read the press release.
Price Gouging and Scams
Excessive price increases are defined as price increases that are more than 10 percent higher than the price at which merchandise was sold during the normal course of business prior to the state of emergency. The Division of Consumer Affairs has set up a hotline for price gouging complaints related to coronavirus.
If you receive a call from a scammer or suspect price gouging, please report it to the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs at (973) 504-6240 or at www.njconsumeraffairs.gov.
Please visit the FEMA Rumor Control website to distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to COVID-19. Rumors can easily circulate within communities during a crisis, stay informed with updated myths and facts related to the federal response.
The NJ Office of Homeland Security also has a webpage to help the public distinguish between facts and rumors/disinformation regarding COVID-19. The page will be updated as more information becomes available.