Scammers taking advantage in a time of crisis

Scammers never take time off and, in times of uncertainty or a crisis, still come up with ways to rip off the public often based on their fears. They will exploit any situation they think will help them be more successful in their scam.

According to ABC News, scammers are already trying to take advantage of the COVID-19 fears and claim to be calling about President Trump's stimulus package. Scammers are calling to tell you that you qualify for $1,000-$14,000 in relief from COVID-19 from the federal government. In some cases, the caller states it's grant money. They tell you can get your money right away if you just give the caller your debit or credit card information.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, other scams include:

  • companies claiming to sell products to cure or treat COVID-19
  • Phishing emails-emails with headings related to the Coronavirus that include links that, by clicking on, could compromise your personal information or contain viruses
  • charity scams
  • robocalls
  • online solicitation about immunizations
  • stock scams
  • undelivered goods-items you may have ordered not being received

Visit ftc.gov for information on scams, what to do if you've been scammed, and where you can file a complaint.

Visit aarp.org for additional information on scams.

Posted 3/20/20