During this time, the last thing you need to add to your plate is a scammer getting your personal information. Right now con-artist are using several different methods to try and gain access to your hard earned money. Remember to always do your research before putting payment information out on any websites or over the phone. Here are a few scams to look out for.
- The fake cure scam. Scammers are peddling bogus cures and vaccines. If you’re offered a drug or vaccine to fight coronavirus — especially by a company you’ve never heard of — you’re looking at a scam.
- Phishing emails from the “World Health Organization” (WHO). Scammers are sending out emails that appear to be from the WHO, but are an attempt to get you to share personal information.
- Fake charities. Everyone wants to help those stricken by the virus, but be sure to check out the authenticity of a charity before making your donation.
- Malicious websites. Scammers have set up websites full of information on COVID-19 to gain access to your device. Don’t download any links or open attachments from non-reputable sources.
- Fake funding scams. Criminals invent a “research team” supposedly on the verge of discovering a cure for COVID-19 — they just need your donation. Of course, all funds donated to this alleged team will go directly into the scammers’ pockets. Only donate to verified causes.