US Attorney MacDonald warns Minnesotans of fraudulent ‘Face Mask Exempt’ documents

The postings, cards, and flyers were not issued by the federal government.


U.S. Attorney Erica H. MacDonald on Friday urged the public to be aware of fraudulent postings, cards, or flyers on the internet regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the use of face masks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of which include the United States Department of Justice’s seal.

These postings, cards, and flyers were not issued by the Department of Justice and are not endorsed by the department. The department also has not granted permission for the use of its seal for this purpose. Misuse of the department seal is a federal crime.

MacDonald urges the public not to rely on the information contained in these postings and flyers and to visit for official information about the Americans with Disabilities Act. For more information and technical assistance about the ADA, please contact the ADA Information Line at 800-514-0301 (voice) and 800-514-0383 (TTY).

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends wearing cloth facial coverings in areas where social distancing guidelines may be difficult to maintain, especially in areas of significant community-based transition.

The Minnesota COVID-19 Action Team, led by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office, and the Minnesota County Attorneys Association, is a coordinated statewide effort focused on investigating and prosecuting unlawful activity associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Any COVID-19-related criminal behavior, scams, price-gouging, cybercrimes, hate crimes, or other unlawful activity can be reported to the National Center for Disaster Fraud hotline at 866-720-5721 or or to the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office via their dedicated COVID-19-specific complaint form .

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