Watch out for coronavirus scams

Posted at 3:39 PM, Mar 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-07 16:39:14-05

There is no doubt that many of us are concerned about the coronavirus, and we may be in search of information and ways to protect ourselves and others from getting sick.

But, although there are some reputable sources to help us, scammers are also using this high interest in this virus to trick us with malicious schemes or to con us out of money.

Some are posing as the World Health Organization online or via emails. They may try to convince us to click on links that could contain malware, or phish for our sensitive information.

Others may pose as a bogus charity or business asking for donations to find a vaccine or cure. And, some are selling products that claim to protect or prevent us from getting sick, often at a significantly inflated price and with huge shipping costs.

It is a good idea to be informed and to take preventative measures. But, use caution before clicking on links or replying with personal information to an unsolicited email.

Always check out a business or charity before making a donation. Also, do some research and shop around before purchasing products that may or may not protect you.

Do not let a scammer or others scare or trick you into buying something that may not be needed or effective at an inflated price.

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