June 22, 2020: We are happy to share this guide on how to recognize coronavirus-related scams – and what to do about it, sourced from US-based caller ID app, CallerSmart.
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has halted activity across the globe. Businesses are closed, flights cancelled, people are required to stay at home, social distancing is the new norm, and widespread fear of contracting the virus is rampant. Sadly, scammers continue to take advantage of people in numerous ways during these complicated times, including using the coronavirus pandemic to develop new schemes to line their pockets. The fraudsters take advantage of any situation that might trick their victims into giving them money, regardless of the repercussions for hardworking citizens and seniors.
The scams change almost daily and are constantly evolving, from robocalls to emails, social media posts, imposter scams, and even door-to-door schemes. All designed to get people to give up their hard-earned and, oftentimes, much-needed money. The thieves follow headlines closely to offer the latest in financial aid, products, fake cures, tests and vaccines that do not yet exist.
This guide will go over 19 coronavirus-related scams that have developed with the spread of the virus.
Read the full guide here