Scammers Are Using Coronavirus To Cash In On You

March 12, 2020

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Now that the coronavirus is being referred to as a pandemic, some unethical people are seizing on the opportunity. Reports of individuals charging $79 for a bottle of hand sanitizer, selling counterfeit face masks online, or claiming that you can cure COVID-19 with essential oils are becoming more common. There are also a handful of online scams out there—phishing scams, malware scams, fake crowdfunding campaigns—that you need to be aware of. coronavirus-related scams could include any or all of the following: emails asking you to give money to the World Health Organization (which does not solicit donations), emails asking you to download a program that can help with coronavirus research, emails offering new COVID-19 information if you open an attachment or provide a password, and so on. Basically, if you get an unusual email related to the coronavirus—especially if the email includes an attachment, instructions to click a link and/or log in to an account, or a request for money—be very careful. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says to not click on links from sources you do not know as 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 that have information about the virus. Rather you seek out the latest information by visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) website on your own. 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. o your homework when it comes to donations, whether through charities or crowdfunding sites. Don’t let anyone rush you into making a donation. If someone wants donations in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money, don’t do it.

SOURCE: Lifehacker

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