KNOXVILLE, TN.  (WLAF)- The Eastern District of Tennessee U.S. Attorney J. Douglas Overbey wants the public to report suspected fraud schemes related to COVID-19 (the Coronavirus).

The public can report  the suspected schemes by calling the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) hotline (1-866-720-5721) or to the NCDF e-mail address

In coordination with the Department of Justice, Attorney General William Barr has directed U.S. Attorneys to prioritize the investigation and prosecution of Coronavirus fraud schemes.

Some examples of these schemes include:
– Individuals and businesses selling fake cures for COVID-19 online and engaging in other forms of fraud.
– Phishing emails from entities posing as the World Health Organization or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
– Malicious websites and apps that appear to share Coronavirus-related information to gain and lock access to your devices until payment is received.
– Seeking donations fraudulently for illegitimate or non-existent charitable organizations.
– Medical providers obtaining patient information for COVID-19 testing and then using that information to fraudulently bill for other tests and procedures.

(WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED- 03/25/2020- 6AM)