COVID-19 Scams


Please be aware that thieves and con artists are looking to take advantage of people’s fears when it comes to COVID-19.  They are developing and selling bogus products, using websites, telemarketing, texts, emails and social media posts as a way to obtain your personal information and to ultimately take your money.  They may attempt to solicit donations for phony victims, promote awareness, prevention tips and fake information about cases in your community,  They may offer advice about unproven treatments, and contain spyware, malware or other malicious attachments.

  • Watch for emails claiming to be from the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) or other experts professing updated information about the virus.  If you want the most up to date information visit the websites of the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Know who you are donating to, before making a donation, and don’t be pressured into making a donation, especially if they are asking for a donation of cash, gift card or by wiring money
  • Don’t Click on links from any sources that you don’t know, like unsolicited emails or ads, both could download a virus, spyware or malware onto your computer or device.  Make sure your anti-malware and anti-virus software on your computer is up to date
  • Be suspicious about bogus “investment opportunities.” The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is warning people about online promotions, including on social media, claiming that the products or services of publicly traded companies can prevent, detect, or cure Coronavirus and that the stock of these companies will dramatically increase in value as a result

Here is a collection of Scams that have been announced by Federal and State Agencies in regards to the current outbreak of COVID-19.  

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