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Avoid Coronavirus Scams

Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding the global coronavirus pandemic. Below are some tips provided by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to help you keep the scammers at bay:


Hang up on robocalls. Don’t press any numbers. Scammers are using illegal robocalls to pitch everything from scam Coronavirus treatments to work-at-home schemes. The recording might say that pressing a number will let you speak to a live operator or remove you from their call list, but it might lead to more robocalls, instead.


Ignore online offers for vaccinations and home test kits. There currently are no vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, lozenges or other prescription or over-the-counter products available to treat or cure Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) — online or in stores. At this time, there also are no FDA-authorized home test kits for the Coronavirus. Visit the  FDA to learn more.


Fact-check information. Scammers, and sometimes well-meaning people, share information that hasn’t been verified. Before you pass on any messages, contact trusted sources. Visit  What the U.S. Government is Doing for links to federal, state and local government agencies.


Know who you’re buying from. Online sellers may claim to have in-demand products, like cleaning,Avoiding Scams household, and health and medical supplies when, in fact, they don’t.


Don’t respond to texts and emails about checks from the government. The details are still being worked out. Anyone who tells you they can get you the money now is a scammer.


Don’t click on links from sources you don’t know. They could download viruses onto your computer or device.


Watch for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or experts saying they have information about the virus. For the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the  World Health Organization (WHO).


Do your homework when it comes to donations, whether through charities or crowdfunding sites. Don’t let anyone rush you into making a donation. If someone wants donations in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money, don’t do it.


What the FTC is Doing

The FTC and FDA have jointly issued warning letters to seven sellers of unapproved and misbranded products, claiming they can treat or prevent the Coronavirus. The companies’ products include teas, essential oils, and colloidal silver.

The FTC says the companies have no evidence to back up their claims — as required by law. The FDA says there are no approved vaccines, drugs or investigational products currently available to treat or prevent the virus. Read more about the warning letters.

Georgia United is committed to maintaining the security of your personal and financial information. Remember that we will never call, email or text you to request your account password or PIN. If you are prompted for this information, do not respond and contact us directly. 

Source: Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information. (2020). Avoid Coronavirus Scams