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State provides resources to victims of coronavirus-related scams


State officials warn the COVID-19 crisis presents an opportunity for scammers to prey upon vulnerable Missouri citizens. 

“Unfortunately, during challenging times there will be those who seek to prey upon the vulnerability or misfortune of others. Often their targets are seniors and veterans," Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe said in a televised interview with ABC 17 News. "I join Attorney General (Eric) Schmitt and others encouraging Missourians to take care, and look out for, one another."

Below are some of the resources available to Missourians who believe they are the victim of a coronavirus-related scam: 

The Office of Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe
Phone number: 573.751.4727

Missouri Attorney General’s Office
Consumer Protection Hotline: 1 (800) 392-8222

Department of Health and Senior Services
Phone: (573) 751-6400

Missouri Veterans Commission
Veterans Crisis Line: 1 (800) 273-8255 (press 1)
Phone: (573) 751-3779

ABC 17's Deborah Kendrick spoke to Schmitt this week about which coronavirus scams have been reported so far in this ABC 17 Defenders report.

EDITORIAL NOTE: The video attached incorrectly lists the Consumer Protection Hotline as "1-800-392-8222." The corrected hotline number is listed above.

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