During this pandemic, it’s important to take precautions and be informed. However, scammers are trying to take advantage of people’s fears. Below you will find information and resources on how to avoid fraud.
Beware of vaccines, cures and in-demand products:
Right now, there is no product or vaccine proven to cure COVID-19. Be suspicious of calls, texts or online advertisements selling fake cures. Other scammers are selling in demand products like testing kits, masks and cleaning products via texts and robocalls.
Federal agencies will never call you to ask for financial information:
Scammers are trying to take advantage of people’s uncertain financial situations by impersonating government agencies or banks. Watch out for text, calls or emails claiming to be from the government. Never give out your social security number, financial or personal information over the phone.
Look out for phony websites:
Watch out for emails from legitimate-looking sources (such as the Center for Disease Control or the World Health Organization) prompting you to click links or download documents. This may be a scammer attempting to install malware on your computer. Some of the websites may have “coronavirus” or “covid” in their domain name.
Research charities before you donate:
If you’re able to donate, avoid scams by doing your research. The Federal Trade Commissions has resources available on its website to make sure your donation will go where it’s needed. Never give donations in cash, by gift card or by wiring money.