Fraudsters are using the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic to their advantage and scamming consumers by any means necessary. Fraudsters are posing as legitimate companies offering vaccines or home test kits, pretending to be contact tracers asking for your personal information, and even posing as charities to swindle you out of money. They’ve even gone as far as using stolen identities to apply for pandemic assistance and loans. It is hard enough to keep up with the ever-evolving scams, but to add in a pandemic when people are at their most vulnerable, it makes it so much worse.
What to Do
Here are five things you can do to avoid a scam:
- Ignore offers for vaccinations and home kits.
- Hang up on robocalls.
- Watch out for phishing emails and texts asking you for personal information.
- Research charities before your donate.
- Visit the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) website to stay up-to-date on the latest scams.