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COVID-19 – Be on guard to protect yourself from fraud
Neighbors helping neighbors during times of need, such as COVID-19 and other disasters, is what the Great State of Tennessee is best known for worldwide. This is why we are the “VOLUNTEER STATE”! However, it is also a time when some try to take advantage of residents when they are vulnerable.
“Sadly, many of our neighbors on occasion fall victim to various fraud schemes (scams). Oftentimes bad components of our society try to capitalize on unsuspecting victims, especially the elderly. Their efforts seem to increase during times of emergencies like we are currently in,” said Tim Ellis, City Manager.
The types of fraud vary greatly and oftentimes are hard to discern as to what is a legitimate service and what is not. Currently, the most common COVID-19 fraud schemes that have been identified are:
Everyone is encouraged to always practice the following safeguards in order to help protect yourself from such scams:
Research and report any suspected scam through the Better Business Bureau’s Scam Tracker website: https://www.bbb.org/scamtracker
“The City of Goodlettsville Police Department stands ready to assist anyone that feels that they have been a victim of fraud,” said Gary Goodwin, Chief of Police.
Stay the course and stay calm, because we are Goodlettsville and we will overcome.