There’s no tragedy that doesn’t attract scammers.
With the Coronavirus, here’s what the FTC says to watch out for.
Basically, a lot of people are looking for funds from the government, whether for small business loans or individual $1200 relief checks. But the processes for receiving these aren’t always clear, and there are delays. That’s a perfect situation for scams.
“Brokers” and “agents” are already approaching people via phone and email, promising quick delivery of payments. Sometimes they pose as a bank or as a government representative.
Another type of scam targets people worrying about their health. Fake vaccines, fake medicine, fake tests.
And as always, be careful to check requests for charitable donations. We like to check Charity Navigator before giving. And it is a good time to consider giving, especially to hospitals and food banks.
To avoid fraudsters, it’s time to keep a sharp eye out. And tell your friends and family to watch out, too.