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From the desk of Mayor Sommers...

Mar 30, 2020

From the desk of Mayor Sommers...
To the editor:
To all of the residents of the Village of Monticello:
During these trying times in society today, I realize that people are desperate and trying to find any way they can to monopolize and take advantage of the less fortunate and many of those that are now being mandated to stay home. It is my prayer that this comes to an end soon and that people in general can get back to life and healthy living, but in a much safer and secure way for themselves and society as a whole. In the meantime, it is imperative that we take proper measures to be safe in our homes and while we are out in the community.
Below is a message from the Department of Justice detailing information vital to our safety and welfare:
The Department of Justice is remaining vigilant in detecting, investigating, and prosecuting wrongdoing related to the crisis. In memo to US Attorneys, Attorney General Barr said, “The pandemic is dangerous enough without wrongdoers seeking to profit from public panic and this sort of conduct cannot be tolerated.”
Be aware that criminals are attempting to exploit COVID-19 worldwide through a variety of scams. There have been reports of:
• 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 website and apps that appear to share virus-related information to gain and lock access to your devices until payment is received.
• Seeking donations fraudulently for illegitimate or non-existent charitable organizations.
Criminals will likely continue to use new methods to exploit COVID-19 worldwide.
If you think you are a victim of a scam or attempted fraud involving COVID-19, you can report it without leaving your home through a number of platforms. Go to:
• Contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721 via email at disaster@leo.gov
• Report it to the FBI at tips.fbi.gov
• If it's a cyber scam, submit your claim through www.ic3. gov/default.aspx
Everyone please be safe out there!


Mayor Sommers
Village of Monticello




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