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Coronavirus Scams, Spring 2022

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Coronavirus Scams, Spring 2022

5/19/2022

Despite coronavirus scams not being quite as widespread as they were early in the pandemic, there are still scammers out there attempting to use the virus to trick people. Scammers will often use the latest concern to steal information, such as using the newest variant or lack of available tests. These scare tactics can cause people to react emotionally by purchasing fake tests and giving away personal information, such as Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, and so on.

Some common scams to be cautious of include:

  • Requests for personal or financial information: Pharmacies, vaccine distribution sites, insurance providers, and contact tracers will never reach out and ask for your Social Security number, Medicare number, or any financial account numbers. If you receive a call, text, email, etc., out of the blue, chances are this is a scammer. Beware!
  • Fake government relief programs: These are trying times, and scammers love to take a challenge and use it as an opportunity to steal information. Whether it’s a fake stimulus check, fake student loan forgiveness programs, or others, scammers are looking to steal your information. We want to help you stay aware!

To learn more about updated pandemic-related scams and tips on avoiding them, check out the Federal Trade Commission’s coronavirus informational page.



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