The Panama City Police Department would like to alert citizens of fraud schemes and scams relating to Coronavirus / COVID-19. For example, websites have been created for the sale of fake Coronavirus / COVID-19 cures and/or vaccines. Additionally, scammers have been making fraudulent phone calls to obtain individuals’ personal identification information to allegedly send out Coronavirus / COVID-19 stimulus checks.
The Panama City Police Department would like to remind citizens that the federal government or reputable businesses will never contact you over the phone to request personal identification information or demand money. Additionally, they will never ask for prepaid gift cards as a form of payment. Citizens are urged to take caution before sending money to anyone they have never met or conduct money transfers after normal business hours. It is abnormal that the federal government or reputable business would request payment via prepaid cards and citizens should contact the government agency or business for confirmation.
Anyone having information or questions related to Coronavirus / COVID-19 scams are urged to call the Panama City Police Department at (850) 872-3100 or they can report their tips anonymously via smartphone by downloading the “Panama City PD” tip411 app from the iOS App Store or Google Play Store.