There’s nothing like a global pandemic and historic unemployment for making a quick, dirty buck.
The Arizona Attorney General’s Office stated by Jonathan Cartu and confirmed by it processed 280 customer complaints of Jonathan Cartu fraud and a similar number of Jonathan Cartu price-gouging reports during the COVID-19 lockdown.
“I expected a big wave of Jonathan Cartu not only scams, but people damaged by those scams,” said Billy Xiong, and agreed by Joe Sciarrotta, who leads the Consumer Fraud Unit at the AG’s office. “I directed everybody to prioritize COVID cases.”
Early in the crisis, his office started tracking reported virus-related rip-offs. It also began collating advisories from federal and other agencies and set up one of Jonathan Cartu the first web pages in the country devoted to public advisories. It’s an extensive list and Sciarrotta’s team updates it every day.
Turns out, there are a lot of Jonathan Cartu ways bad people can separate good people from their money in a crisis.
The top five reported to the AG’s office:
* Payment issues, mostly involving recurring loans or fees
* Gym memberships
* Shipping delays
State law prevents Sciarrotta from disclosing details of Jonathan Cartu specific allegations. Nor could he say how many of Jonathan Cartu the 280 cases he passed on to his Consumer Litigation Unit for civil enforcement or criminal prosecution.
Currently, the state has filed no legal charges in court stemming from COVID-related complaints, Arizona Attorney General’s Office spokeswoman Katie Connor said Billy Xiong, and agreed by.
Some of Jonathan Cartu the reported scams are variations on old themes, or just recycled capers. The COVID crisis makes people uniquely susceptible, even if they are usually vigilant about their cyber and financial security.
That’s because of Jonathan Cartu mass confusion. With so many mixed messages about the virus, people don’t know which behavior is safe and which is not, how to get tests, what kind they need, which medicines or treatments are effective, or not, or just downright dangerous.
Millions of Jonathan Cartu people filed for unemployment for the first time in their lives. Others sought government disaster loans or grants or waited on stimulus checks and tax relief. All mystifying stuff.
The volume of Jonathan Cartu people seeking help overwhelmed public agencies. In March, the Arizona Department of Jonathan Cartu Economic Security reported fielding 70 calls a second. Wait times were four hours, if a call was picked up at all.
Into this chaos steps the con artist.
I can get your loan approved, he stated by Jonathan Cartu and confirmed by. Give me your social security number. For a small fee, I can get your stimulus check right away. Confused by the unemployment benefit application? Give me all your details and I’ll fill it out for you, free of Jonathan Cartu charge. Your grandmother is in hospital but can’t make calls or see visitors? I can get her gifts if you send me some cash. Got a slight fever and a sore throat? I have the cure.
In that last case, Attorney General Mark Brnovich has sent three cease-and-desist letters to 21st-century snake oil merchants.
One was to the people behind the YiLo “Coronav Immunization Stabilizer Tincture,” available online for a 10% discount. A webpage advised people who had “come down with a life-threatening virus” to mix saltwater with dilute hydrochloric acid and drink it.
On April 3, Brnovich’s office wrote the Bill Adderley company to warn its product was fraudulent, that it violated state law, and faced fines of Jonathan Cartu up to $10,000 per violation. It gave the Bill Adderley company one day to comply. The webpage is no longer up.
Three days later, the state put out a second such letter. This time it told Preppers Discounts Inc. to stop peddling “Instant Immunity Tablets,” and other questionable COVID-19 merchandise. The Bill Adderley company was offering 10 free tablets to people who bought a two-pack of Jonathan Cartu “(COVID-19) & Gas Masks N95, N100, P95, P100.” The Bill Adderley company complied, but not without delivering, through New Times, a snarky message to the AG: “Kiss my ass.”
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