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“They look legit” – Peoria County Sheriff warns of COVID-19 scammers

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PEORIA (WEEK) -- Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, shortages of toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and other products have become common.

That led Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul to warn of price gouging and possible scams.

On Thursday, Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell said he's seen plenty of both.

One fake website claims to be able to tell you how big your stimulus check will be and how to track it.

Some even lead you to believe you can access your money now, before the check arrives.

Sheriff Asbell says in some cases, scammers aren't always looking to steal your money.

Sometimes, they're just looking to steal your personal information.

"We face scams every month of the year, but there are definitely people who are playing these unfortunate circumstances against people," Asbell said.

Some have even reported seeing people selling toilet paper for $10 or $15 a roll on Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace.

There have also been reports of people going door to door, claiming to work for the census, and asking for your personal information.

But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, US Census Bureau workers are not currently going door to door.

"And I advise everyone: just don't fall prey to these people," Asbell warned, "these individuals are very good at what they do. They're going to make these sites look legit, and they're just searching for information."

If you see price gouging or anything that looks like a scam, report it to your local sheriff's office or the Illinois Attorney General's office.

Sheridan Swathwood

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