Tips to Avoid Coronavirus Scams From the FTC

Coronavirus Scam Tips from the FTC

Scammers are taking advantage of the fears generated by the Coronavirus. Here are some tips from the Federal Trade Commission to help you keep these scammers at bay!

  • Don’t click on links from sources you don’t know. They could download viruses onto your computer or device.
  • 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 the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • Ignore online offers for vaccinations. There currently are no vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, lozenges or other prescription or over-the-counter products available to treat or cure Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) — online or in stores.
  • Do your homework when it comes to donations, whether through charities or crowdfunding sites. Don’t let anyone rush you into donating. If someone wants donations in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money, don’t do it.

For more information about Coronavirus scams, and how the FTC and other government agencies dealing with them, visit: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/coronavirus-scams-what-ftc-doing

 

Other Valuable Resources:

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2020/03/ftc-fda-warnings-sent-sellers-scam-coronavirus-treatments

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

What the U.S. Government is Doing

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

World Health Organization (WHO)

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

 

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