Unfortunately, scammers take advantage of opportunities to prey upon others. The fears and anxieties related to coronavirus have led to increase vulnerability with scammers. The Federal Trade Commission has the following recommendations to avoid Coronavirus Scams:
- Don’t respond to texts, emails or calls about checks from the government. The details are still coming together.
- Ignore online offers for vaccinations and home test kits. There are no products proven to treat or prevent COVID-19 at this time.
- 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. And don’t click on links from sources you don’t know.
- Do your homework when it comes to donations. Never donate in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money.
Go to this page and scroll to the bottom for more information on ways to increase online safety and reduce risk of scams.