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News Release
Lebanon Fire District Offers Fraud Protection Resources - 04/03/20

When a crisis strikes a community or a nation the first instinct of most people is to rally around their neighbors and local community to defeat the threat. Unfortunately, times like these also present opportunities for scammers to take advantage of a community’s generosity and willingness to help. So how can you defend yourself against fraud in the middle of a pandemic? How do you know what websites and phone calls are legitimate requests for help versus those who are attempting to commit fraud? The Lebanon Fire District is providing these tips to help our community separate fact from fiction as you look for ways to help our community recover.

Several emergency service agencies have launched special webpages to protect the public from potential scams. FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, has information on their website (www.fema.gov/Coronavirus-Rumor-Control) to help the public distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The page covers news on vaccines, financial help, and text message/phone call solicitations.

The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Consumer Information page (https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/coronavirus-scams-what-ftc-doing) provides tips on avoiding scams and updates on what the FTC is doing to keep Americans protected during the crisis.

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has a webpage dedicated to information regarding fraudulent products with claims to prevent, treat, mitigate, diagnose or cure coronavirus disease. Visit the page (https://www.fda.gov/consumers/health-fraud-scams/fraudulent-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-products) for more information.

The U.S. Department of Justice website (https://www.justice.gov/coronavirus) provides additional fraud information as well as methods to combat hoarding and price gouging by businesses and individuals.

Locally, the City of Lebanon has established a partnership webpage to facilitate community preparedness and recovery. You can visit https://lebanon.recovers.org/ to request assistance, donate supplies, or sign up to volunteer where needed. The page also features community updates from page organizers like Lebanon Mayor Paul Aziz, Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital, and the Lebanon Fire District.

The Lebanon Fire District strives to protect and provide safety to all of our residents. We hope that these useful links will provide you with valuable information and peace of mind during this stressful time. If you suspect that you’re being targeted in a fraudulent activity, contact your local law enforcement agency immediately to report your concerns. The Lebanon Fire District remains fully staffed and prepared for any call we may receive. Our vigilance and commitment to our community has never been stronger, and we are proud to serve you during this global pandemic. Together, we will remain #LebanonStrong.

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