RIB warns Rwandans against scammers during coronavirus outbreak

By IGIHE
On 20 March 2020 at 04:51

Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) has warned Rwandans to be vigilant about scammers who hide behind false identities and profit from measures taken by the government of Rwanda to counter coronavirus.

Since the first coronavirus patient was identified in Rwanda, the government has taken various initiatives to counter further spread including closing public and private schools, higher education institutions, prohibiting public gatherings, imposing a complete air travel ban and postponing court hearings and prison visits.

Rwandans are advised to be careful not to believe scammers who pretend to be RIB officers and collect money from prisoners’ families "to put their names on the list of prisoners who will be released as a preventive measure against coronavirus."

RIB also advises Rwandans not to welcome into their homes, scammers who pretend they work with the ministry of health and who lie they were sent to spray houses with "coronavirus repellent".

Currently, 11 patients tested positive with coronavirus and are receiving appropriate medical care.

RIB urged Rwandans to call the toll-free line 166 to report any suspected scamming activity.

COVID-19 spreads through direct contact with the infected person, sneezing and coughing. To prevent the spread of the virus, regular hand washing with alcohol-based hand sanitizers or clean water and soap is advised, covering mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing and avoiding large gatherings. In addition, it is important to avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing

Currently, 11 patients tested positive with coronavirus and are receiving appropriate medical care.

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