Don’t send money: Email “fines” citizens for not staying home, Mesa County Sheriff debunks

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A citizen sent the Mesa County Sheriff’s office the following e-mail they received Tuesday morning that appeared suspicious. Please be aware that this is a scam.

The e-mail was as follows:
“Good Morning (citizen,)
Under new and drastic laws, we as citizens are required to stay home in order to protect those who have a weakened immune system. We have been tracking your non-essential trips and we do believe that it is appropriate to issue you a $1,000 fine. Due to your unwillingness to follow rules, your stimulus check has now been denied. Governor Polis has placed restrictions on Colorado in order to protect those who may have a compromised immune system. Only those who have followed the order will be issued the stimulus check. The fine has been mailed to your home address and must be paid by the time you attend court. Court dates will be scheduled as soon as the stay at home order has been lifted. Once the court date has been scheduled, you will receive the information via mail. Stay safe and please stay home.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office encourages everyone to social distance and follow other recommendations from our State and Federal governments. To learn more at the Stay at Home order visit https://covid19.colorado.gov/

For information about operational changes at the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office visit https://sheriff.mesacounty.us/covid19/

For the latest information on COVID-19 in Mesa County visit https://health.mesacounty.us/covid19/

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