Police warn of COVID-19 scams that target elderly population in metro Detroit

Posted at 5:57 AM, Mar 16, 2020

(WXYZ) — The City of Plymouth Police Department is warning residents of coronavirus-related scams that target the elderly population.

Some scammers claim to be from medical organizations that have a COVID-19 vaccination and require over-the-phone payments to reserve a dose. Currently, there is no vaccine for the virus.

Police say not to click on pop-ups or links from sources that you do not recognize that contain information about the COVID-19 virus.

Additionally, police say to avoid charity scams that claim to help COVID-19 victims and their families, along with investment schemes involving research for the development of a vaccination.

Police also say to be leery of phone calls offering special deals to senior citizens to clean and sanitize their homes and require a pre-payment over the phone.

If you feel that you have been a victim of a COVID-19 scam, call Plymouth police at 734-453-8600.