Tips to avoid becoming a victim of coronavirus scams
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Unfortunately in times of crisis scam artists will take advantage of people’s fears.
Scam artists will use anything to try and steal your money and personal information: claims of bogus cures, fake emails, texts and social media posts about cases in your area, even door-to-door knocks soliciting donations.
Here are some tips to help you steer clear of scammers.
Many of these tips Sign1News has shared with you before but it doesn’t hurt to stress them again.
Don’t click on links from sources you don’t know. It could download a virus into your computer or electronic devices.
Watch out for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or “experts” saying they have information about the virus.
Ignore online offers for vaccinations. If you see ads touting preventing, treatment or cure for coronavirus, ask yourself: if there’s been a medical breakthrough, would you be hearing about it for the first time through an ad or sales pitch?
Do your homework when it comes to donations. Don’t let anyone rush you into giving money.
For the most up-to-date information about the coronavirus, visit the websites of the CDC, your local department of public health and the World Health Organization.
Posted – 3.5.20