Law enforcement warnings of fraud
The Federal Bureau of Investigations and the U.S. Department of Justice are alerting people to the possibility of scams and frauds related to the COVID-19 situation.
They are advising people not to click on COVID-19 email attachments or links if the email address is unknown to them, even if the email appears to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or from the World Health Organization.
Do not provide personal, financial or login information by email. Visit websites by inputting web addresses into browsers manually rather than clicking on links in emails.
The U.S. Department of Justice said fraudulent activities could include donation requests for illegitimate or non-existent charitable organizations, attempts to sell fake COVID-19 cures or the misuse of information given to medical providers to illegally bill for other procedures and treatments.
If people want to report suspicious activity, they can contact the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov, or the National Center for Disaster Fraud at its hotline (1-866-720-5721) or e-mail address, firstname.lastname@example.org.
City of Roswell updates
• As reported in an earlier story, Roswell Police Department officers will handle calls differently if they are not considered to require an immediate response. In non-urgent situations, officers will call back people and take reports over the phone. If people making non-urgent calls feel that they must talk to an officer in person, they can speak with the officers at the police building on West Second Street.
• City offices will remain staffed for calls through the lunch hour Monday through Friday.
• The city’s Wastewater Treatment Plant officials ask the public to avoid flushing cleaning wipes down the toilet. Flushing so many of them (even those labeled as flushable) creates the possibility of sewer stop-ups. Such stop-ups create inconvenience and costly repairs for the city and individuals.
• The Water Plant is implementing a staggered work schedule for the water maintenance and transmission crews. The first crew will start at 6:30 a.m. and the last crew will end its day at 5 p.m.
• The Spring River Zoo is temporarily closed, but will present “Behind the Scenes” Facebook Live presentations Monday through Friday until at least April 7. For information about times and planned presentations, see the zoo’s Facebook page.