District Attorney's Office warns the community to look out for scams

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Posted at 10:23 AM, Apr 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-21 14:13:47-04

A new scheme is emerging, people are posing as health officials using the Coronavirus pandemic as a new way to target their victims for their personal information. 23ABC spoke to the Kern County District Attorney's Office on what you should be suspicious of.

The District Attorney’s Office tells 23ABC that every year taxpayers end up paying $68 billion in health care fraud. And they’re already anticipating that to be higher with COVID-19 related healthcare fraud possibly costing taxpayers around $300 billion per month.

The District Attorney’s Office says in order to avoid all scams, only give your personal information to trusted healthcare professionals.

If you would like to report a crime, you can do it on the City of Bakersfield's Fraud and Financial Crimes site.