Coronavirus Scam: Authorities Warn Against Fake COVID-19 Text Message and Other Scams
Authorities are urging citizens to be careful due to a variety of new scams connected with COVID-19, including one saying they may have come into contact with someone who is infected.
The police in Thomaston, Maine are making people aware of a new scam that warns the target victim they have been in contact with a coronavirus carrier. The text message, which comes from a 317 area code (Indianapolis area), asks the target to click on a link to find out more. Authorities urge the public not to follow the link as it is likely made to extract personal information.
The police department wrote:
“If you receive a text message like the one pictured below, DO NOT click the link! It is not a message from any official agency. It is however a gateway for bad actors to find their way into your world. The virus is not the only invisible enemy. Be vigilant against all threats!”
🚨🚨SCAM ALERT🚨🚨If you receive a text message like the one pictured below, DO NOT click the link! It is not a message…
The scam in question is just one of a number of others that prey on weak and anxious people during the crisis.
The Federal Trade Commission has made a list of warnings connected to these scams.
Some of them include:
* Don’t respond to texts, emails or calls about checks from the government. Scammers are using the coronavirus relief checks to try to obtain personal information and payments.
* Ignore online offers for vaccinations and home-test kits. No such approved products exist at this time.
* Hang up on robocalls.
Another warning was also issued for companies to not advertise products that claim to protect against COVID-19, as they are not supported by any evidence approved by the FDA.
In LA, officials are going after a number of crimes related to the crisis, including fake adverts for supposed healing methods, price gouging and violations of the self-isolation orders.
LA City Attorney Mike Feuer not long ago settled with a company over claims it was promoting a misleading product as a home test kit for coronavirus.
See CBS Boston’s report on the scam issue in the video below.
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