City of West Hollywood Update: LA County Public Warning about Coronavirus Scams
The City of West Hollywood is getting the word out about a Los Angeles County warning that there has been an increase in coronavirus (COVID-19) scams involving fraudulent and malicious websites, email schemes, and phishing emails containing suspicious links, as well as dishonest door-to-door asks for donations. Local law enforcement and public officials across the region are urging community members to exercise caution.
Currently, there are several malware sites that claim to be coronavirus tracking and mapping sites that are in fact malicious. Cybersecurity experts advise website users to hover over links before clicking in order to verify the uniform resource locator (URL) before moving forward. Online hackers may also send emails from fraudulent accounts impersonating official websites and doctors or offering medical supplies and services.
A trusted COVID-19 mapping resource is the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Global Map, which can be found at coronavirus.jhu.edu. Additionally, there are several websites that Los Angeles County recommends for accurate, up-to-date information about COVID-19, such as:
- County of Los Angeles: covid19.lacounty.gov
- County of Los Angeles Public Health: publichealth.lacounty.gov
- California Department of Public Health: cdph.ca.gov
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov
Official City of West Hollywood coronavirus updates are available at www.weho.org/coronavirus.
As community members in the City of West Hollywood and across Los Angeles County adhere to Safer at Home directives, many are spending more hours at home. Scammers are taking advantage of this shift by traveling door-to-door asking for cash donations and Bitcoin or Paypal contributions. As a reminder, residents should never feel obligated to open a door to strangers or respond to unanticipated door-to-door solicitations.
The following is a list of safety tips:
- Avoid online advertising offers related to COVID-19;
- Decline door-to-door solicitations claiming COVID-19 fundraising;
- Do not click on emails and attachments that you do not recognize; and
- Visit trusted websites for COVID-19 related information or donate to organizations to trust and seek out.
Everyone should remain vigilant and take these steps to avoid being victimized by malicious scammers trying to profit from the COVID-19 crisis. If you believe you have been scammed, contact your bank immediately and report the information to local law enforcement. The West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station may be reached at (310) 855-8850.
The City of West Hollywood continues to urge community members to follow the LA County Department of Public Health’s Safer at Home Order, which went into effect Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. The Order will remain in effect until April 19, 2020, and may be extended. The Order was issued concurrently with orders from Gov. Gavin Newsom calling upon all individuals living in the State of California to stay home in order to reduce transmission of coronavirus.
West Hollywood City Hall is currently closed to the public and has suspended all in-person transactions. All public City buildings and facilities are closed. City Hall will remain accessible for business and essential services with transactions to be conducted by phone (323) 848-6400 and via the City’s website at www.weho.org.
The City of West Hollywood coronavirus updates are available at www.weho.org/coronavirus and the City encourages community members to follow @wehocity on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram and turn on notifications for up-to-date information regarding details in the City of West Hollywood.
To view essential-business City meetings, tune in to WeHoTV at:
- Spectrum Channel 10 (in West Hollywood)
- AT&T U-verse Channel 99 (in Southern California)
- SmartTV Apps: AndroidTV; AppleTV; FireTV; and Roku
For notifications by email, subscribe to the City’s E-Notifications at www.weho.org/email. Visit the City’s event and meetings calendar at www.weho.org/calendar and news archive at www.weho.org/news. To receive urgent updates to your phone by text and to your email, text your ZIP code to 888-777.
For updates and information about the current numbers of COVID-19 cases in the United States and in Los Angeles County, the spread of the virus, severity, treatments, precautions, and other important public health information in multiple languages, please visit websites for:
- Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
For reporters and members of the media seeking additional information about COVID-19 in Los Angeles County, please contact the LA County Department of Public Health Chief Communications Officer, Carl A. Kemp, at (213) 240-8144 or email@example.com.
For reporters and members of the media seeking additional information about the City of West Hollywood, please contact the City of West Hollywood’s Public Information Officer, Sheri A. Lunn, at (323) 848-6391 or firstname.lastname@example.org.