Alberta Premier Jason Kenney warns residents of coronavirus scams

Mar 23 2020, 1:57 pm

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney had some strong words to say about scammers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kenney spoke at a Monday press release, warning residents that the government had heard of multiple frauds and scams being attempted in relation to the coronavirus, with scammers calling to tell people that they have tested positive for the virus.

He noted that the scammers will claim to be from Alberta Health Services and may ask for the target’s personal healthcare number, ID, and credit card information.

Kenney also noted that fraudulent malware is being reported across the province, with emails and fake websites attempting to trick people into clicking links that install software that captures credentials and other personal information.

Some emails are claiming to offer new coronavirus information or to sell medical supplies.

“Let me just say to those who are trying to exploit seniors and others during this time of public health emergency: There must be a special place in hell for people like that,” Kenney said during the press conference.

“Just stop it. It is completely unCanadian, it is unAlbertan, it is unacceptable, and it is illegal. If we catch anybody who is engaged in these kinds of scams, I guarantee you that the book will be thrown at them, and they will face the full force of the law.”

Kenney noted that those who want the official information on the coronavirus response should go to alberta.ca/covid-19.

The premier also asked that anyone who is aware of those responsible for these scams to report them through the government of Alberta’s website.