Police Warn of Coronavirus Scam Where Criminals Posing as CDC Visit Homes in Lab Coats and Masks to Attempt Robbery

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Burglars in the U.S. are taking advantage of the novel coronavirus outbreak by posing as medical experts to gain entry to victims’ homes, multiple police departments have warned.

The culprits are reportedly dressing up in white lab coats and masks to pose as scientists linked to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), before knocking on doors and offering advice about the COVID-19 disease or even claiming to be able to test for the new virus.

Daytona Beach Police Department, which described the scam on Facebook this week, said there were no reported cases in the Florida city, but it wanted to be proactive.