Avoid Coronavirus Scams

The North Florida / South Georgia Veterans Healthcare veteranshealth@public.govdelivery.com are sharing this information to ensure that you area aware that criminals are attempting to exploit COVID-19 worldwide through a variety of scams.  There have been reports of:

  • Individuals and businesses selling fake cures for COVID-19 online and engaging in other forms of fraud.
  • Phishing emails from entities posing as the World Health Organization or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Malicious websites and apps that appear to share virus-related information to gain and lock access to your devices until payment is received.
  • Seeking donations fraudulently for illegitimate or non-existent charitable organizations.

Criminals will likely continue to use new methods to exploit COVID-19 worldwide.

If you think you are a victim of a scam or attempted fraud involving COVID-19, you can report it without leaving your home though a number of platforms. Go to:


Avoid Coronavirus Scams

Here are some tips to help you keep the scammers at bay:

  • Hang up on robocalls. Don’t press any numbers. Scammers are using illegal robocalls to pitch everything from scam Coronavirus treatments to work-at-home schemes. The recording might say that pressing a number will let you speak to a live operator or remove you from their call list, but it might lead to more robocalls, instead.
  • Ignore online offers for vaccinations and home test kits. Scammers are trying to get you to buy products that aren’t proven to treat or prevent the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) — online or in stores. At this time, there also are no FDA-authorized home test kits for the Coronavirus. Visit the FDA to learn more.
  • Fact-check information. Scammers, and sometimes well-meaning people, share information that hasn’t been verified. Before you pass on any messages, contact trusted sources. Visit What the U.S. Government is Doing for links to federal, state and local government agencies.
  • Know who you’re buying from. Online sellers may claim to have in-demand products, like cleaning, household, and health and medical supplies when, in fact, they don’t.
  • Don’t respond to texts and emails about checks from the government. The details are still being worked out. Anyone who tells you they can get you the money now is a scammer.
  • Don’t click on links from sources you don’t know. They could download viruses onto your computer or device.
  • Watch for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or experts saying they have information about the virus. For the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • Do your homework when it comes to donations, whether through charities or crowdfunding sites. Don’t let anyone rush you into making a donation. If someone wants donations in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money, don’t do it. 


If you receive calls, emails, or other communications claiming to be from the Treasury Department and offering COVID-19 related grants or stimulus payments in exchange for personal financial information, or an advance fee, or charge of any kind, including the purchase of gift cards, please do not respond.  These are scams.  Please contact the FBI at www.ic3.gov  so that the scammers can be tracked and stopped.




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Special Meals for Melrose Students

Due to the interruption of schools and meals programs …


   This Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

           March 20th-23rd

   Drive-thru parking lot in front of 

      Gator Bait Family Sports Grill, 

          304 SR-26

Breakfast and Lunch will be served at the same time from 9am-1pm,

(Note: Try to come before 11 AM on Saturday and Sunday, due to lunch time traffic.)

email JoeRushMD@iCloud.com for details, and to pre-register.

We would like, but not required …

1 – the name of the adult registering (not children’s names)

 2 – the number of children being fed (two meals/child) and the child’s grade and teacher’s name

 3 – allergies/etc., suggestions

To pick-up …

  1 – We ask that you show your drivers license as an ID

  2 – Show us “with your fingers” how many children you are picking up for.

The children DO NOT need to be in the car, and you can pick-up for others too.

More info to follow… JoeRushMD@iCloud.com

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The MBCA Spring Meeting scheduled for 5:30p Friday, March 20th, 2020, has been cancelled due to concern regarding COVID-19.

Next MBCA meeting is May 11, 2020.

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MBCA Winter/Spring Meeting

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Life in Early Florida Program at the Melrose Public Library

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March 2020 Coffeetalk

Shake Rag Coffee Talk, Thursdays, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Inside Melrose Center

307 State Road 26, Melrose, FL 32666

March 5, 2020       Front Porch Backsteppers – Eli Tragash and Virginia Carr  

Eli on fiddle, Virginia on guitar, vocals:  A southern string band blending songs of bluegrass, folk, country and old timey fiddle music; some dance tunes and lively sing-alongs. 

March 12  Virginia Boone, Annual  St. Pat Show    Virginia has played traditional Irish music since 1997.  Her main instruments are flute & Irish whistle.  She also plays the Bodhran (Irish drum), and Anglo concertina, sings and seannos (old style) Irish dance. Has danced with local Irish dance company Inisheer (who mainly perform set dances, and Seannos)  Virginia attends Irish music sessions typically on a weekly basis.   She has performed at the Florida Folk Festival, Ormond Beach Celtic festival, and the Celtic fest in Jackson, MS. 

March 19       “Sweet William” Billy Ennis   “Sweet William”  is a singer/song writer who hails from Palatka Florida with deep roots in the Lakes area. His personally original songs written over the span of fifty years covers multi genres and subjects including love, war and tragedy. His newest, “Santa Fe” is a powerful reflection of his concern and empathy. His selection of cover favorites includes Folk, Country, Rock and Blues and it is easy to sing along!

March 26   Jimmy “Redbone” Childs         Redbone has been a local blues musician in Gainesville since the early 70s and played professionally with Little Mike and The Tornadoes for five years. He has associated and played with notable national blues acts as Kim Wilson from the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Willy Smith, drummer from the Muddy Waters Band and piano players Barrelhouse Chuck and Sunnyland Slim. 

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“Bartram” at the library

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