Coronavirus Scams and How to Avoid Them

The Public Press hosted a conversation April 9 to help the community understand how to identify and prevent phone and email scams that target the vulnerable — the elderly, people who are isolated or who have limited digital literacy.

Our panelist were:

  • Chesa Boudin, San Francisco District Attorney
  • Shawna Reeves, Director of the Elder Abuse Prevention program at the Institute on Aging
  • Glen Fishman, Senior Program Coordinator for Elder Abuse Prevention at the Institute on Aging

The event was moderated by Laura Wenus, host of “Civic,” the Public Press’ daily news and public affairs radio show and podcast.


San Francisco District Attorney’s Office

  • District Attorney’s Office website
  • Overview of Covid-19 Scams
  • Victim Services Division — 628-652-4100
  • Consumer Hotline — 415-551-9595

How the Elderly Can Stay Connected

  • Friendship Line — and 800-971-0016
  • Covia — This community-based nonprofit has two programs: Well Connected offers activities and educational programs via phone, and Social Call matches volunteers with seniors for social conversations — and 925-956-7400
  • Little Brothers, Friends of the Elderly — and 415-771-7957

Sign Up for Alerts

Reporting Scams

  • San Francisco District Attorney’s Office hotline to report scams — 415-551-9595
  • Adult Protective Services — 415-355-6700 or the city’s Human Services Agency

Legal Assistance

  • Legal Assistance to the Elderly — 415-538-3333
  • Open Door Legal — 415-735-4124
  • Housing and Economic Rights Advocates — 510-271-8443
  • California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform — 415-974-5171
  • San Francisco Bar Association — 415-989-1616

Additional Resources

Watch a full recording of the conversation.

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