Connecticut Creates New Task Force to Deal with Fraud During COVID-19 Pandemic

A woman wearing a face mask during covid-19.

The people in Connecticut are experiencing a lot of fraud amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The same is true all over the country. A lot of this fraud involves things like price gouging, check scams, and fake charities. To combat this rise in fraud during an already tough time, the State has decided to collaborate with the federal government to help protect citizens from fraud.

The task force launched its new website this week – “Connecticut Fight Fraud.” The website is designed to give the people of Connecticut assistance if they’ve been the victim of fraud or suspect fraudulent activity.

The main types of fraud the task force is looking to investigate includes:

  • Federal relief check scams
  • Charity fraud
  • Price gouging
  • Pandemic fraud
  • Online security breaches

So far, the State has already received more than 700 complaints of price gouging. They’ve also had more than a thousand complaints of scams related to the pandemic.

The task force is being headed up by Federal Connecticut Prosecutor, John Durham, and Chief State Attorney Richard Colangelo. The two men are working with the FBI as well as Connecticut Attorney General, William Tong. The group is determined to coordinate their efforts to curb the rampant fraud taking place in Connecticut.

With so many people vulnerable right now, the task force is concerned that many of their citizens are going to be taken advantage of. People are trying to collect money for pandemic-related charities. The problem is that these charities don’t really exist. People are also trying to use the pandemic to get people’s private and personal information. They can then use this information to commit identity theft and other types of fraud.

If you have any questions about this sort of fraud in your town, call our office right away.


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