Reports in fraud and consumer scams related to the COVID-19 pandemic have surged. To protect yourself, do not click on links from unknown sources and unsolicited emails, texts, or phone calls. These could be phishing attempts for money or personal information, or methods to send viruses or malware.
For updated information on the pandemic, go to:
It is important to remember that government agencies will never call you to ask for personal information or money.
Common scams include:
- Offers of Government or other financial assistance: This includes asking for verification for the federal stimulus checks.
- Updates on student loan payments/forbearance
- Bank account calls from the FDIC: Insured bank deposits are safe.
- Downloadable COVID-19 maps: Up-to-date maps may be found at Johns Hopkins University.
- Investments related to COVID-19: Including medical supplies, vaccines, or other treatments.
- Sales of vaccines or cures: There is no known cure for COVID-19; beware of offers for essential oils, nasal sprays, and herbal concoctions.
- Free COVID-19 testing kits
- Claims of an upcoming national two-week quarantine
- Calls/texts for charitable relief: Always double-check the charity online or call before donating.
You can report scams at fcc.gov/complaints.