COVID-19 Services & Resources
As the saying goes, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.
Beware! Scammers are targeting construction companies, offering masks, gloves and other PPE.
Please be aware that some offers are scams and are not credible businesses.
To help you spot the difference between legitimate businesses and scams, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has provided some general guidance on COVID-19-related scams.
Questions to Use to Help Verify True Vendors and Identify Scams
Who is this Company?
1. Why have I never heard of the company before?
2. Where is this company based?
3. Is the price unusually attractive?
4. Why does this vendor have the product when no one else can get it?
5. Do they want you to pay by cash, credit card, or money order?
6. Are they asking personal business information by email?
What Products are they Offering, and is it Too Good to be True?
1. Are they asking or pressuring you to buy now, before supplies are gone?
2. Are they offering something for "Free" if you buy the product?
3. Do they tell you not to worry about a contract?
4.Does it sound too good to be true, during this crisis situation?
Can you verify their information online?
1.Where is the email address from? Legitimate businesses generally have their own addresses and do not use gmail, yahoo, etc.
2.Does the organization have a website and they cannot be found on Google?
3.Does the URL match the brand name?
4.Does the website use HTTPS or an SSL certificate?
5.The information about their product contains a lot of hype and exaggerations, but few specific details about when, where, why, how much, etc.
6.Does the website content appear to be infused with grammar or spelling errors?
7.Does a whois lookup (https://www.whois.net/) on the domain name help prove its ownership?
8.Is the SSL certificate EV or OV validated?
9.How many years has the domain been in use?
10.Does the website have reliable contact details and inbound links?
ASK THE COMPANY
1.What is the link to your company website?
2.Send me information about these products, prior to me considering purchasing.
3.Send me your Employee Identification Number (EIN) so that I can look up your company information.
4.Are you listed with the Better Business Bureau (BBB)?
This is widespread enough that the FBI is warning people of a rise in fraudsters and scammers leveraging the coronavirus epidemic to prey on people's fears, steal their money and obtain their private personal information.
Be Careful. Stay Safe.
Latest Data on known COVID cases in PA
(as of 04/25/2020 12:00pm)
PA: 40,049 *total cases, 1,537 deaths
* Total case counts include confirmed and probable cases.
for PA COVID-19 updated data go to:
Latest Data on known COVID-19 cases in MD, VA, & DC
(as of 04/23/2020 1:00pm)
DC: 3,365 confirmed cases, 140 deaths
VA: 11,023confirmed cases, 377 deaths
MD: 15,750 confirmed cases, 756 deaths