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Posted on: April 2, 2020
[ARCHIVED] Protect Yourself Against Coronavirus Scams
Protect Yourself Against Coronavirus Scams
Sen. Sherrod Brown shares this message:
Reports across the country have shown that coronavirus scams are on the rise.
Scammers have appeared selling fake vaccinations and testing kits; offering delivery of sanitation supplies; impersonating the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). These incidents are happening online, over the phone and in person.
Scammers are also targeting stimulus payments from the CARES Act. Remember: the government will not call you asking for PayPal information or your Social Security, credit card or bank account numbers.
Tips for Avoiding Scams from the FTC:
- Hang up on robocalls and don’t press any buttons. Scammers are pitching everything from fake coronavirus treatments to work-at-home schemes. The recording might tell you to press a button to be removed from their call list, but it might lead to more robocalls.
- Ignore online offers for vaccinations and home test kits. Scammers are trying to get you to buy products that aren’t proved to treat or prevent COVID-19.
- Fact-check your information. Scammers, but also well-meaning people, share information that isn’t verified. Before you pass on any messages, contact trusted sources.
- Do your homework when it comes to donations, especially with charities or crowdfunding sites. Investigate charities before you donate and don’t let anyone rush you into giving money.
At this time of heightened public fears, it’s important to remain vigilant and follow the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) tips for avoiding coronavirus scams. To report a scam to the FTC, go to ftc.gov/complaint.