The Department of Justice (DoJ) has announced that it has initiated its first enforcement action to combat fraud related to the coronavirus pandemic.
DoJ has filed a civil lawsuit in Texas against a website allegedly seeking to defraud consumers in the confusion surrounding the current health crisis. Its complaint alleges that a website is making false claims, offering consumers access to World Health Organization (WHO) vaccines for a shipping charge of $4.95. However, there currently is no coronavirus vaccine, and the WHO is not claiming to supply such vaccines.
The confusion and fear that has accompanied the virus is sure to create opportunities for fraudsters. Individuals should be vigilant for these nefarious schemes, from consumer fraud to fraud against government health care programs.
The claims discussed above are allegations only. There has been no determination of liability.