Minnesota Attorney General’s Office urges people to report scams, price gouging

MINNESOTA (WKBT) – Scammers are taking advantage of people concerned about coronavirus.

Scams include selling bogus products like fake vaccines and unproven treatments.

In addition, they’re using fake emails, texts, and social media, asking for donations to help victims.

Malicious emails impersonating government agencies such as the CDC is also a popular scam.

Minnesota’s Attorney General says to be on the lookout for these kinds of attacks and don’t click on any suspicious links or give out personal information.

There have also been reports about retailer’s price gouging essential goods or services as people stock up.

If you see an unreasonable price increase the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office asks that you report it immediately.

The Attorney General says not many people know price gouging is against the law.


  • Don’t click on unknown sources
  • Make sure your computer’s anti-virus software is fully updated
  • Get updated information from relevant government agencies like the Minnesota Department of Health or the CDC
  • Ignore online offers for “miracle” health products, treatments, or vaccinations.
  • Do some research before donating to a non-profit or charity.

If you think you’ve been a victim or were targeted by a coronavirus scam, contact the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office .

You can file a complaint by calling (651) 296-3353 (Metro) or (800) 657-3787 (Greater Minnesota).

The Minnesota Department of Health also has a COVID-19 Hotline available Monday through Friday.

For questions about the virus, call 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3902.

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