Even in a global pandemic, there are always people trying to steal a buck. Scams related to COVID-19 are the latest threat.
Scams you might see
- Criminals may try to sell you “coronavirus insurance.” It’s a scam. Remember, if it seems too good to be true, it likely is. TDI has tips on how to search for real insurance.
- Another scam is selling fake coronavirus treatments or questionable cures. Health officials say none of these products help, and they could make you sick.
- You might get a robocall offering coronavirus test kits. This is an attempt to steal your money or personal information. Talk to a doctor if you’re sick or think you might need a test.
- Be wary of calls or emails warning you about problems with your insurance plan. Someone could be trying to get you to reveal personal information.
Ways you can avoid scams
- Do not answer calls or respond to texts from unknown numbers.
- Do not click on links in text messages. They could download malware on your phone or let criminals know they’ve found a possible target.
- Do not follow links or click on attachments in social media posts about virus “cures.”
- Be wary if you’re being pressured to provide personal information. Never share your Social Security number, bank account or routing numbers, or your health insurance policy number in an email, text, or phone call you didn’t make.
- If you want to donate to a charity, call it or visit its website. Links found elsewhere could be fakes, even if they appear to be from the charity.
If you think you might have been a victim of a coronavirus scam, don't be embarrassed. Contact law enforcement and report it. Your action could help someone else from being tricked.
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