​Unfortunately, fraudsters are taking advantage of Americans seeking help or seeking to help by preying on coronavirus fears or creating charity scams. Below are resources  on how to avoid coronavirus scam calls and where to report them:

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Indiana Attorney General

The Indiana Attorney General's office is urging Hoosiers to go online to report price gouging and charity scams to the Consumer Protection Division of the Office of the Indiana Attorney General. Consumers who need additional information regarding the Office’s Consumer Protection Division are encouraged to call 1-800-382-5516.

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Federal Communications Commission

The FCC launched a COVID-19 Consumer Warnings and Safety Tips webpage to help make consumers aware of these scams and guard against fraud. The page includes audio samples of fraudulent calls as well as additional resources from other agencies like the FDA and FTC.

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The IRS has released the latest information on receiving your tax rebate check from the federal government. Currently, most people do not need to take any action. The IRS will calculate and automatically send the economic impact payment to those eligible. Keep this in mind if you receive a scam call asking for your bank information - that is not from the IRS. In the coming weeks, the U.S. Treasury plans to develop a web-based portal for individuals to provide their banking information to the IRS online, so that individuals can receive payments immediately as opposed to checks in the mail.

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