Federal Trade Commission Tips to Avoid CoronaVirus Scams

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) CoronaVirus Scams PSA

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warns the Community to be aware of Scams during the CoronaVirus (COVID-19) Pandemic.

These tips give you effective tools to use during the CoronaVirus Pandemic and the same methods can be used to avoid scams anytime.

Avoid CoronaVirus Scams

Robocalls

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.

Online Offers for Vaccinations and Home Test Kits

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.

Face Check Information

Scammers, and sometimes well-meaning people, share information that hasn’t been verified.
Before you pass on any messages, contact trusted sources.
Visit What The U.S. Government Is Doing for links to federal, state and local government agencies.

Know Who You Are Buying From

Online Sellers may claim to have in-demand products, like cleaning, household, and health and medical supplies when, in fact, they don’t.

Checks From The Government

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 Do Not Know

They could download viruses onto your computer or device.

Centers For Disease Control or Experts Emails

Watch for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or experts saying they have information about the virus.
For the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO).

Donations/Charities/Crowdfunding

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.

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