Sheriff warns area residents of COVID-19 scam

Staff Writer

Decatur Daily Democrat

The current pandaemonium surrounding the COVID-19 virus seems to not be enough for some unscrupulous individuals. A news release Friday from Adams County Sheriff Dan Mawhorr is warning area residents of criminals who are “hard at work trying to scam residents during this medical crisis.”

The Centers of Disease Control and local law enforcement agencies report anyone going door-to-door purporting to be from the CDC and requesting personal information is likely an impostor.

Cybersecurity expert Mark Ostrowski warns employers and individuals working from home to be vigilant about security when using mobile devices and personal computers, and says cybercriminals are likely to target areas with reported COVID-19 cases.

With Adams County making local and state after having a single person test positive for novel coronavirus, Mawhorr warns criminals may use that information against local residents. Mawhorr cautions local residents against providing personal information, adding do not give any personal information to a stranger.

See Saturday's edition of the Decatur Daily Democrat for the full story.