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‘There must be a special place in Hell’ for scammers and hoarders, Kenney says

Last Updated Mar 23, 2020 at 7:14 pm MDT

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Premier Jason Kenney had a strong message for those who are trying to exploit the populations most vulnerable during the COVID-19 outbreak.

“There must be a special place in Hell for people like that. Just stop it,” Kenney said during a Monday COVID-19 update.

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This message was directed to people continuing to hoard essential supplies and fraudsters posing as Alberta Health works.

There have been cases where residents received a call from someone claiming to be from AHS telling them they tested positive for COVID-19 and need their health care number, Identification, and credit card information.

“In light of these scams, Albertans should exercise caution when clicking on links or providing personal information to people or organizations that request that information about COVID if it’s done so unsolicited,” Kenney said.

The Premier was also appalled to hear unnecessary hoarding was still taking place after he was made aware of the situation while volunteering at the Hope Mission in Edmonton.

The group told the Premier they are seeing an 80 per cent increase in the number of people coming for meals but struggling to help due to limited supplies.

“They are struggling to get supplies because their suppliers are stressed by the demand in the grocery stores,” The Premier said.

If anyone is caught conducting any scams Kenney says the book would be thrown at them.