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What inaccurate rumors are circulating about COVID-19? Where can I find accurate information?

Last Updated: 04/23/2020

NOTE: The Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness has warned of an increase in contact tracing scams via text. New Jersey contact tracers will never ask for your social security number or sensitive financial details like your bank or credit card number. For more information about the State's contact tracing efforts, how it stops the spread of COVID-19, and why it's so important to answer the phone when they call, visit the NJ COVID-19 Testing and Tracing portal.

The State has created a website to distinguish between facts and rumors/disinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic.

The site features unclassified intelligence products on COVID-19 disinformation, details about scams that New Jerseyans might be susceptible to, and cybersecurity alerts regarding potential threats to individuals and businesses caused by the pandemic.

Multiple foreign nations are leveraging the pandemic to sow anti-US sentiment and undermine the credibility of the United States. Additionally, individuals and groups domestically are using false or misleading information about COVID-19 to target their perceived adversaries and conduct scams.

The New Jersey Office Of Homeland Security and Preparedness encourages the public to use legitimate and credible organizations for accurate information, as well as to fact check claims from competing sources. Rumors can easily circulate within communities during a crisis, and the spread of disinformation can be stopped by choosing trusted sources of information.

Consumers who believe they were targeted by a scheme related to COVID-19 or who believe that businesses have unfairly increased their prices are encouraged to file a complaint online with the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs or call 973-504-6240. Consumers should leave their name, contact information, nature of the complaint and the name and address of the business.

Source: https://www.njhomelandsecurity.gov/covid19