Public Service Announcement: Corona
sharing this information to ensure that you are aware that criminals
are attempting to exploit COVID-19 worldwide through a variety of
have been reports of:
Individuals and businesses selling fake cures for COVID-19 online
and engaging in other forms of fraud.
emails from entities posing as the World Health Organization or
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Do
not click in any email attachments or links in your emails.
Malicious websites and apps that appear to share virus-related
information to gain and lock access to your devices until payment
is received. Do not pay any websites
that you have not directly typed in to go to.
Seeking donations fraudulently for illegitimate or non-existent
charitable organizations. Do not
give any anyone your personal or confidential or financial information
- not to anyone that calls you!
will likely continue to use new methods to exploit COVID-19 worldwide.
If you think you are a victim of a
scam or attempted fraud involving COVID-19, you can report
it without leaving your home though a number of platforms. Go to:
Here are some tips to help you keep the scammers at bay:
Hang up on robocalls. Don’t
press any numbers. Scammers are using illegal robocalls
to pitch everything from scam Coronavirus treatments to work-at-home
schemes. The recording might say that pressing a number will let
you speak to a live operator or remove you from their call list,
but it might lead to more robocalls, instead.
Ignore online offers for vaccinations
and home test kits. Scammers
are trying to get you to buy products that aren’t proven to
treat or prevent the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) —
online or in stores. At this time, there also are no FDA-authorized
home test kits for the Coronavirus. Visit the FDA to learn more.
Scammers, and sometimes well-meaning people, share information that
hasn’t been verified. Before you pass on any messages, connect with trusted sources. Visit What the U.S. Government is Doing for links
to federal, state and local government agencies.
Know who you’re buying from.
sellers may claim to have in-demand products, like cleaning, household,
and health and medical supplies when, in fact, they don’t.
Don’t respond to texts and emails about checks
from the government. The
details are still being worked out. Anyone who tells you they can
get you the money now is a scammer.
Don’t click on links
from sources you don’t know. They could download
viruses onto your computer or device.
for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) or experts saying they have information about the
the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health
Do your homework when it comes to
donations, whether through charities or crowdfunding sites.
Don’t let anyone rush you into making a donation. If someone
wants donations in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money, don’t
do it. https://home.treasury.gov/services/report-fraud-waste-and-abuse/covid-19-scams
If you receive calls, emails,
or other communications claiming to be from
the Treasury Department and
offering COVID-19 related grants or stimulus payments in exchange
for personal financial information, or an advance fee, or charge
of any kind, including the purchase of gift cards, please do not
are scams. Please
connect with the FBI at www.ic3.gov
so that the scammers can be tracked and stopped.
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