Coronavirus: Sinister people are knocking on doors claiming to be part of official disease response, police warn

Scammers are knocking on people’s doors and claiming to be part of the official response to the coronavirus, police in New Jersey have warned.

The people could then try and take advantage of anxiety around the spread of the disease to sell products at inflated price or otherwise try and scam anyone in the house, authorities warned.

They warned people that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was not sending people to knock on doors to “conduct surveillance”.

Anyone doing so should not be let into the house or spoken with, officials warned.

Two townships in New Jersey have given warnings about the behaviour, though it is unclear how widespread it is.

Police in one township, Nutley, said they were “advising residents of a safety issue” and said that they had received information about “individuals going door to door claiming to be from the CDC”.

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A researcher works in a lab that is developing testing for the COVID-19 coronavirus at Hackensack Meridian Health Center for Discovery and Innovation on February 28, 2020 in Nutley, New Jersey: Kena Betancur/Getty Images

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