Be aware of Coronavirus scams

Be aware. Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding the Coronavirus.

Here are some tips to help keep the scammers at bay:

  • Don’t respond to texts, emails or calls about checks from the government. Here’s what you need to know.

  • Ignore offers for vaccinations and home test kits. Scammers are selling products to treat or prevent COVID-19 without proof that they work.

  • Be wary of ads for test kits. Most test kits being advertised have not been approved by the FDA, and aren’t necessarily accurate.

  • Hang up on robocalls. Scammers are using illegal robocalls to pitch everything from low-priced health insurance to work-at-home schemes.

  • Watch for emails claiming to be from the CDC or WHO. Use sites like coronavirus.gov and usa.gov/coronavirus to get the latest information. 

  • Don’t click on links from sources you don’t know, they could be phishing scams. 

  • Do your homework when it comes to donations. Never donate in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money.

 

​View what the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is doing about scams and more on the FTC website. 

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