The FBI is warning citizens to watch out for coronavirus scams

Coronavirus

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is warning citizens to watch out for criminals attempting to take advantage of the international pandemic. Actions taken by scammers range from cyber-crimes to selling unapproved products and medications.

Here are some tips provided by the FTC to make sure you do not get scammed:

  • Don’t click on links from sources you don’t know. 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 they have information about the virus. For the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • 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.
  • Do 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.

Visit ftc.gov/coronavirus for more information.

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