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March 03, 2020

Coronavirus scams

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Coronavirus scams

It should not be surprising that scammers are trying to find a way to use the coronavirus outbreak to steal your identity and money.

They are setting up bogus websites about the outbreak, as well as sending fake emails and texts, and posting on social media. It’s all an attempt to get your personal information or convince you to send them money.

In one example, scammers are sending emails claiming to be from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They ask for donations to help cover the cost of developing a coronavirus vaccine.

The email is poorly written and another giveaway that it’s a scam is that the “CDC” is asking for bitcoin donations – which can’t be traced. While a vaccine is being developed, public donations are not sought nor accepted by the CDC – a government agency.

Other scammers use people’s fears about the coronavirus to click on emails and texts that promise a way to cure or prevent the illness. These emails and texts often contain malware designed to download a virus onto your computer that steals your personal information.

Another common scam involves social media posts from companies that claim to have products or services that can prevent, detect or cure coronavirus. If you invest, they promise the stock price will increase dramatically. In truth, it’s likely your investment will disappear.

How can you avoid these scams and still be informed about the coronavirus?

Only click on links from sources you can trust. Unsolicited emails and texts often contain malware. Be wary, even if a friend supposedly sent you the link.

Go to official websites for information

If you believe you have been a victim of this type of scam you should promptly report it to the IC3's website at The IC3's complaint database links complaints together to refer them to the appropriate law enforcement agency for case consideration.

Remember - always watch for scams!


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