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Avoiding Scams Related to COVID-19

Federal Trade Commission: Consumer Information

As online environments get busier and more uncertain, scammers are using fake emails, texts, products and services as a way to gain access to your money and personal information.  With scamming related to COVID-19 continuing to increase, it is important to be vigilant when receiving any unfamiliar emails, texts, or calls. 

Tips on recognizing and keeping scammers related to COVID-19 at bay:

  • Don’t click on links from sources you are unfamiliar with. Clicking on these links could result in downloading viruses onto your device.
  • Make sure anti-malware and anti-virus software is up to date on your computer.
  • Watch for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), or experts claiming they have information about the virus.
  • Ignore ads claiming prevention, treatment, or cure claims for the virus.
  • If you are considering making a donation to a charity or crowdfunding site, research it thoroughly and don’t let anyone rush you into a donation.
  • Recognize and be alert to “investment opportunities” through online promotions claiming products or services preventing/curing the virus, and stock in companies that will dramatically increase in value as a result

For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

For a complete list and more information regarding online threats, visit the Federal Trade Commission website.

The information contained herein has been obtained from sources deemed reliable but is not guaranteed.