I’ve heard there have been coronavirus scams. How can I avoid falling victim?
Scammers are seeking to capitalize on the anxiety of the COVID-19 pandemic to prey on the public. As the public health crisis worsens, consumers should beware of products fraudulently marketed as “vaccine” or “cure” for the coronavirus. Also, the public should be aware of scams through emails impersonating reputable organizations, like the World Health Organization, in an attempt to steal personal identifiable information. And, with the federal government preparing to send cash payments to help Americans weather the pandemic’s financial effects, con artists may pretend they are representing the government in an attempt to collect a “fee” that they claim is needed prior to receiving a payment.
Scammers are continuously updating their tactics to find new ways to trick consumers, so it is important to stay vigilant and take caution before handing over money or giving out personal identifiable information. For more information, see the Federal Trade Commission’s website and the Federal Communications Commission’s website on ways to avoid coronavirus scams.
Last Updated: April 21, 2020