Coronavirus Scams

Last updated March 17, 2020 11:446 AM EST

Coronavirus Scams: Protect Yourself

FTC Guidelines on Coronavirus Scams

Scammers are taking advantage of the fear surrounding coronavirus.

Sellers have received warnings about selling unapproved or misbranded products claiming to treat or prevent the coronavirus. These products include teas, essential oils, and colloidal silver. The FTC says there is no evidence to back up these claims, and there are currently no approved vaccines, drugs, or investigational products currently available to treat or prevent the virus.

Avoid coronavirus scams:

  • Do not click links from sources you don’t know
  • Watch for emails claiming to be from the CDC (use the CDC website for information updates)
  • Ignore online offers for vaccinations
  • Do your homework when it comes to donations