Beware Coronavirus Scammers

Beware Coronavirus Scammers

With more folks working at home there seem to be more scammers sending emails and calling cell phone numbers than ever. The FTC warns consumers to watch out now as these bad actors are on the rise.

Some tips to keep scammers at bay: · Don’t respond to texts and emails about checks from the government. The details are still being worked out. Anyone who tells you they can get you the money now is a scammer.

· Hang up on robocalls. Don’t press any numbers. Scammers are using illegal robocalls to pitch everything from scam Coronavirus treatments to work-at-home schemes. 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. · Don’t click on links from sources you don’t know. They could download viruses onto your computer or device.

· Fact-check information. Scammers, and sometimes well-meaning people, share information that hasn’t been verified. Before you pass on any messages, contact trusted sources. Visit What the U.S. Government is Doing for links to federal, state and local government agencies.

For more tips, visit the Federal Trade Commission at: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/coronavirus-scams-what-ftc-doing

and the Virginia Attorney General’s Consumer Alert https://www.oag.state.va.us/media-center/news-releases/1676-april-1-2020-consumer-alert-attorney-gen...

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