Last updated August 17, 2020 9 AM EST
Coronavirus Scams: Protect Yourself
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.
Additional Information to Avoid Coronavirus Scams:
- Learn how to tell the difference between a real contact tracer and a scammer. Legitimate tracers need health information, not money or personal financial information.
- Don’t respond to texts, emails or calls about checks from the government.Here’s what you need to know.
- Ignore offers for vaccinations and home test kits.Scammers are selling products to treat or prevent COVID-19 without proof that they work.
- Be wary of ads for test kits.Most test kits being advertised have not been approved by the FDA, and aren’t necessarily accurate.
- Hang up on robocalls.Scammers are using illegal robocalls to pitch everything from low-priced health insurance to work-at-home schemes.
- Watch for emails claiming to be from the CDC or WHO. Use sites like govand usa.gov/coronavirus to get the latest information. And don’t click on links from sources you don’t know.
- Do your homework when it comes to donations.Never donate in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money.