There have been reports of COVID-19 scams created by criminals.
The Lawhead Team would like to share some criminal activity brought on by COVID-19 and tips on how you can make sure you do not become a victim:
- Fake emails from the World Health Organization (WHO) or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Please watch out for fake emails claiming to be the CDC. They will usually offer information, products, or services related to COVID-19. The emails will encourage you to tap links to malicious websites that will infect and lock your device. Then they will ask for payment to unlock your device. You will know these emails are fake if they have an address that is a little bit different from the real thing. For example, it might be “cdc.com” or “cdc.org” instead of “cdc.gov”.
- Illegitimate or non-existent charitable organizations seeking donations. Research any charities or crowdfunding sites that ask for donations in connection with COVID-19. Scammers will usually copy logos from other real companies or create fake ones that look legitimate. Be wary of any business, charity or individual requesting payments or donations in cash, by wire transfer, gift card, or through the mail. Do not send money through any of those channels.
- Businesses and individuals selling fake cures for COVID-19 and engaging in other forms of fraud. The FCC has received reports of robocalls offering free virus test kits in an effort to collect consumers personal information. Scammers are also using robocalls to spread fear and lies about the coronavirus to make you buy fake health insurance.