As the nation faces the current CORONAVIRUS concern, scammers are already finding ways to take advantage of us.
A common tactic for these criminals is using fear to elicit a reaction from us and they’re using this pandemic as an opportunity to steal our money. The most common scams surrounding coronavirus are:
- Fake cures: There is currently no cure or vaccine to treat coronavirus. Any claims that suggest otherwise are 100% false.
- Phony fundraisers: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) suggests researching charities before donating. You can verify nonprofits at GivingMatters.com.
- Impersonations: The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) does not go door-to-door gathering information about infectious diseases. If you encounter a person claiming to be from the CDC, contact your local police department.
- Phishing emails: Recently, the Secret Service issued a warning about emails that appear to be sent from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The email contains a link that does NOT connect to the CDC. It is best to check the sender’s email address and avoid opening emails from senders that you do not know.
- Counterfeit products/price gouging: Many consumers have reported false product descriptions and increased prices while shopping online. It is best to read reviews and look into the seller’s history before clicking “buy now”.