O’Halleran Cosponsors Legislation to Hold COVID-19 Scammers Accountable, Protect Arizonans

July 24, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) joined a group of colleagues to introduce the Stopping COVID Scams Act of 2020: legislation to protect families from COVID-19-related scams and fraud by allowing the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and state attorneys general to levy civil penalties against scammers.

Since January of 2020, the FTC has received more than 120,000 consumer complaints related to the coronavirus crisis, reporting more than $80 million lost by consumers due to COVID-19-related fraud.

“The coronavirus pandemic has created many undue challenges and uncertainties for Arizonans, and scammers are exploiting this uncertainty and targeting the hard-earned money of families and seniors across our country,” said O’Halleran. “Today, I joined my colleagues to introduce much-needed legislation to hold scammers accountable and protect hardworking Arizona families and seniors.”

Fraud resources and information are available to Arizonans on O’Halleran’s website, HERE.

Arizonans looking for casework assistance can find resources and contact information on O’Halleran’s COVID-19 Casework page, HERE.