In the past week life has drastically changed for most Americans because of the Chinese coronavirus.
It’s no different for William Barr.
William Barr has a new job that’s critical to the coronavirus response.
There is a ton of panic and misinformation going around.
Some of it is dumb mistakes that were made by idiots.
Like a CVS staff email that said “Drinking warm water is an effective way to wash the virus into your stomach, where it is killed. Stay hydrated and get plenty of sleep.”
Bad advice. It doesn’t work and CVS is working hard to make sure that everyone who saw the email understands it isn’t true.
Other occurrences are more nefarious like the robocalls telling people that they have tested positive for coronavirus and asking credit card information so that they can be sent antibiotics.
Whoever put together a robocall designed to prey on people who are being tested for covid-19 should have the book thrown at them.
William Barr wants to make sure that criminals aren’t profiting off of this coronavirus by scamming and hacking innocent victims.
Many Americans are already struggling and William Barr wants to make sure they are protected from unnecessary pain.
According to the Washington Examiner:
Attorney General William Barr issued a directive to federal prosecutors to prioritize investigations of scam artists and hackers looking to exploit the coronavirus pandemic.
“The pandemic is dangerous enough without wrongdoers seeking to profit from public panic, and this sort of conduct cannot be tolerated,” Barr said in a memo Monday. “Every U.S. attorney’s office is thus hereby directed to prioritize the detection, investigation, and prosecution of all criminal conduct related to the current pandemic.”
Barr said, “In addition to ensuring that the justice system can continue functioning during the current national crisis, it is essential that the Department of Justice remain vigilant in detecting, investigating, and prosecuting wrongdoing related to the crisis.”
There are more than 181,546 confirmed coronavirus cases around the world and at least 7,126 confirmed deaths due to the infection, according to Johns Hopkins University’s interactive map. There were 4,632 COVID-19 cases in the United States and 85 deaths due to the virus as of Monday night.
The attorney general pointed to individuals and businesses “selling fake cures for COVID-19 online and engaging in other forms of fraud,” as well as phishing emails from fraudsters posing as the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He also warned about cybercriminals inserting malware onto mobile apps designed to track the spread of the virus.
Sometimes just the threat of the law is enough.
Two brothers who bought 18,000 bottles of hand sanitizer to sell at a profit but once the government started looking into their actions they were suddenly filled with the desire to donate them.
People shouldn’t be profiting off of the panic.
Now is a time that America needs to come together and William Barr is helping by making sure criminals aren’t profiting from tragedy.