Brnovich: Be alert to coronavirus scams

Mark Brnovich

PHOENIX – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich joined U.S. Sen. Martha McSally for a telephone town hall Friday, and used the time to warn residents about scams resulting from the pendemic.

“I will tell you it absolutely disgusts me that there are scammers trying to exploit vulnerable Arizonans. Using this pandemic to basically lie, steal and cheat, and take advantage of people,” he said.

Brnovich said residents should be aware of a few scams related to coronavirus making their way around the state, including pitches of miracle cures and treatments – to date there are no home testing kits, vaccines or cures for COVID-19 – requests for donations to phony charities and GoFundMe pages, and people going door-to-door offering to shop or clean houses for seniors who can’t leave.

He also said that, since January, there have been more than 4,000 new websites focused on coronavirus and COVID-19, and many are being used to scam people.

He asked that if people suspect they have been contacted by a scammer, go to to report what happened.

“We need you to be the eyes and ears, to help us identify these consumer scams, prosecute people when necessary, take appropriate civil action while also other people aware of what’s going on,” Brnovich said.