Fraudsters are nothing if not opportunists. Right now, the “opportunity” they’re seizing is the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in attempt to capitalize on people’s concerns and uncertainty. We’re actively monitoring the situation so we can help you stay safe.
The Federal Trade Commission and other consumer protection agencies have reported on the following types of scams:
- Emails claiming to be from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) or World Health Organization (WHO) with attachments supposedly containing information about the coronavirus.
- Offers for bogus coronavirus treatments, including vaccinations and cures.
- Requests for donations to support coronavirus victims.
- Promotions suggesting certain companies’ stock will rise in value because they can detect or stop the coronavirus.
- Messages allegedly from human resources departments with a link to affected regions.
- Emails asking people to download programs to help speed up the process of finding a coronavirus cure.
- Robocalls informing patients they’ve tested positive for the coronavirus.
Here are some actions you can take to stay safe from these scams:
- Don’t click links in emails or texts from people you don’t know.
- Be wary of coronavirus “investment opportunities”
- Be skeptical of miracle cures.
- If you receive an email claiming to be a company you know, but something doesn’t look or sound right. Don’t click on any links or open any attachments. Look up their official website online and contact them directly.
- We recommend you thoroughly research donation requests, and make sure your computer’s antivirus software is doing its job.