June 30 (UPI) -- The Department of Justice on Tuesday warned that materials are being spread in the United States with false information that claim disabled persons are exempt from wearing face coverings.
The department said in a statement the false claims have been printed on cards, flyers, postings and other documents that bear the Justice Department seal.
"Inaccurate flyers or other positing have been circulating on the web and via social media channels regarding the use of face masks and the American Disabilities Act due to the COVID-19 pandemic," the department said. "Many of these notices included use of the Department of Justice seal and ADA phone number."
The department previously said it hasn't written or endorsed any postings about such exemptions.
"The ADA does not provide a blanket exemption to people with disabilities from complying with legitimate safety requirements necessary for safe operations," the department said.
On Monday, the FBI also issued a fraud warning associated with the pandemic, warning that scammers are promoting phony and unapproved COVID-19 antibody tests.
"In addition, fraudsters are seeking to obtain individuals' personal information (names, dates or birth, social security numbers, etc.) and personal health information, including Medicare and/or private health insurance information, which can be used in future medical insurance or identity theft schemes," the bureau said in a statement.
The FBI also warned of scammers who promise to pay cash to perform antibody tests, marketers who offer free antibody tests or incentives and any person who claims that the government requires an antibody test.
The bureau said potential victims should report incidents by calling the National Center for Disease Fraud Hotline (866-720-5721) or the FBI.