Essential worker compensation scam circulating on social media

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The Crawford County Health Department is warning the public about a fake “FEMA Essential Workers Compensation” link circulating on social media. It claims that every essential worker will be compensated $1,000 for every week worked since March 1.

FEMA said these texts and emails were being shared last week.

There have been reports that scammers are pretending to be the government, contacting people by robocall, text message, email and other outreach. These scammers say they can get people financial help during the COVID-19 pandemic, and then ask for money or personal information, like Social Security information, bank accounts or credit card numbers. This is a scam.

Don’t trust anyone who offers financial help and then asks for money or personal information. Federal and local disaster workers do not solicit or accept money. The Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, U.S. Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control staff never charge for disaster assistance.

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