Adapting with the Times

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Americans have lost more than $145 million to COVID-related scams. No, you didn’t read that number wrong.

Scammers have capitalized on the uncertainty many families are experiencing during this time, creating scams based off fake vaccines, contact tracing, charitable giving, and more. With plenty of time at home to get creative, scammers are coming up with new and unique ways to target their victims. Many think they’d be able to spot a scam if presented with one, but detectives are seeing a dramatic increase in victims losing money related to a COVID-19 scam.

The best way to protect yourself is through education. To help do that, the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office is hosting a virtual town hall on October 29 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. to teach community members how to spot a scam, what to do if you become a victim, and how to educate your friends and family to protect those around you.

To submit a question before the event to ensure your concern is covered, click here. We cannot speak about specific case information publicly. We will accept submissions through Oct. 27 to cover as many questions and comments as possible. You may also submit a question live during the event.


Meet Your Speakers

Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer

Major Crimes Section Chief Nevan Soumilas

Camden County Division of Senior and Disabled Services Director Maureen Bergeron

Deputy Director of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Sean P. Neafsey


Join the Discussion

The virtual event will begin at 6 p.m. on Oct. 29. Click here or watch it on the CCPO Facebook page.

The event will be split into three sections:

  1. A live presentation (download here)
  2. Hearing prepared comments from the panel
  3. A question and answer session