Coronavirus scams could be making the rounds, according to governor’s office. These may range from websites selling bogus products, fake emails or texts, and social media posts that may be aimed at stealing people’s money or personal information.
“These scam emails and posts may promote awareness and offer prevention tips and fake information about cases in your area. They also might ask for donations to help victims of the virus, offer advice on unproven treatments, or contain malicious email attachments,” Kemp’s office says.
Among the tips shared by the governor’s office and Attorney General Chris Carr:
- Don’t click on links from sources you don’t know — it could download a virus onto your computer or device.
- Watch for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or experts saying that have information about the virus. (Legitimate links to the CDC and information on the coronavirus can be found below.
- Ignore online offers for vaccinations. No vaccine or “cure” has yet to be developed for this strain of coronavirus, so pay no attention to sales pitches claiming such.
- Do your homework when it comes to donations to help victims of the virus or other related causes. If someone wants donations in cash, by gift card or by wiring money, don’t do it.
- Be wary of “investment opportunities” and claims that the products or services of publicly-traded companies can prevent, detect, or cure coronavirus and these companies’ stocks will increase in value as a result.
- Scammers may also overcharge for health-related products or shipping costs, so always comparison shop before making any purchases.