Coronavirus Scam Alert!

Please be vigilant against coronavirus scams!
Times of crisis bring out the best in people, and the worst in scammers.
Coronavirus scammers are claiming to be from:

  • Social Security Administration
  • The World Health Organization
  • The Center for Disease Control

They offer fake Coronavirus tests to Medicare recipients, scare small businesses into buying bogus online listing services, and claim to have cures for the coronavirus.

  • Hang up. Don’t press any numbers. The recording might say that pressing a number will let you speak to a live operator or remove you from their call list, but it might lead to more robocalls, instead.
     
  • Consider using a call blocking app or device. You also can ask your phone provider if it has call-blocking tools. To learn more, go to ftc.gov/calls.
     
  • Report the call. Report robocalls at ftc.gov/complaint. The more we hear from you, the more we can help fight scams.

Some scams have appeared in mail boxes.
A letter accompanied with a USB device and a $50 Gift Card to Best Buy instructs you to open the USB device to see what products are available for purchase with the Gift Card.

You might get a call from someone claiming they’re from the “Coronavirus Response Center,” or some other official-sounding name.

Corona Phishing emails are using the virus as a lure in the subject line; the text tries to claim news about the infections or the virus itself. Some emails claim to be from:

  • The CDC or the World Health Organization.
  • Other hackers are sending emails with what purports to be a secret cure for the coronavirus.
  • Never open attachments that promise to "help prevent the coronavirus."
  • Never provide login credentials or financial data in response to an email.
  • Never open any attachments from senders you don’t recognize.
  • Never click on any links from senders you don’t recognize.
  • Never respond to any emails that ask you for any sort of personal information.