Government health and consumer agencies are warning that fraudsters are following the headlines and taking advantage of consumers during heightened attention to coronavirus.
Watch out for social media posts, emails and texts with local outbreak updates and prevention information trying to obtain your personal information and money. They may also ask you to donate to victims through a sham charity or offer "advice" about false treatments for the disease. Please beware.
- Don't fall victim to clickbait ads
- Ignore online offers for vaccinations, test kits or treatments
- Do your homework before donating to a charity online
- Watch out for investment opportunity scams
- Do not click or open any links
For current and accurate information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website or other secure government sites. Check out our Financial Wellness articles for more information on identifying and avoiding scams.