During these difficult times unfortunately there are people who prey on the vulnerable. Even animal scams are becoming a problem. A family bought a dog online for more than $850 only to find that they would be charged more money for a cage and never receiving the animal.
Most recently alerts of certain products being bought outside of the country are being flagged. Many are finding after purchasing an item at an unbelievable deal, and an unverified company- the postal service is noticing that some are not only NOT getting their package that was ordered but instead getting masks- that were never ordered.
COVID-19 Consumer Scams From FCC to look out for....
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the United States, the FCC has learned of scam text-message campaigns and robocalls that prey on virus-related fears.
- COVID-19 text scams may falsely advertise a cure or offer bogus tests.Learn more and see examples of scam texts.
- Robocall scams have focused on health and financial concerns connected to COVID-19.Learn more and listen to actual scam audio.
- Contact tracing scams are on the rise.Find out more about contact tracing and how to protect yourself.
- Coronavirus scammers are targeting older Americans.Get information to share with seniors and their families.
Tips for Avoiding COVID-19 Scams
- Do not respond to calls or texts from unknown numbers, or any others that appear suspicious.
- Never share your personal or financial information via email, text messages, or over the phone.
- Be cautious if you’re being pressured to share any information or make a payment immediately.
- Scammers often spoof phone numbers to trick you into answering or responding. Remember that government agencies will never call you to ask for personal information or money.
- Do not click any links in a text message. If a friend sends you a text with a suspicious link that seems out of character, call them to make sure they weren't hacked.
- Always check on a charity (for example, by calling or looking at its actual website) before donating. (Learn more about charity scams.)
If you think you've been a victim of a coronavirus scam, contact law enforcement immediately.