Scammers, Seniors, and the Coronavirus
Seniors stay vigilant; criminals are taking advantage of our community. While the world bands together to stop the spread of the new Coronavirus, swindlers are profiting from the pandemic. Scammers are using fear to exploit worried families by promising them cures for the virus. There is no need to panic, but just like everything else, being informed is always the first step. Here are a few ways you can avoid Coronavirus scams:
- Avoid clicking on links from unknown sources (they could download viruses onto your computer or devices)
- Be wary of emails from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- To find current and official information about the virus, click here or visit the World Health Organization (WHO)
- Do not open emails from “experts” stating they have information about the virus.
- Dismiss online offers for vaccinations.
- Ignore offers for Coronavirus curing products (ex. vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, tablets, prescriptions or over-the-counter products) online or in stores
- Research charities and crowdfunding sites when donating
- Do not fall for campaigns asking for donations via cash, gift card or through money wires (especially when rushed)
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have joined forces to release warning letters to sellers of misleading products. The FTC explains that the accused companies have no evidence to support their claims, while the FDA states that there are no approved or experimental products presently available. Follow the tips listed above, and you are less likely to fall victim to the traps of predators. Stay informed, positive, and calm. We will get through this together as a nation.
Readers, if you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, call your nearest medical facility and seek care right away. If you have an underlying condition like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or respiratory conditions, stay away from crowded areas or places. These guidelines were provided by both the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. There is no need to panic but stay informed.
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