7 Tips to avoid COVID-19 scams for Seniors

Beware scams exploiting coronavirus fears


We are currently experiencing an unprecedented global event. The outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – now officially a pandemic – has caused apprehension globally, ultimately resulting in lockdowns, travel bans, panic buying, and scams.

Scammers are wasting no time preying on people’s fears or evoking feelings of compassion in an attempt to defraud them while they are at their most susceptible. Remaining vigilant, identifying and ignoring the product of cybercriminals and cyber-nuisances involved in scams or fake news is essential.

Here are some of the suggestion from Elderly Central that should help you stay safe:

  1. Be on the lookout for emails that add to the sense of alarm and urge you to take immediate action or offer COVID-19 vaccines or cures.
  2. Look out for fraudulent charities or crowdfunding campaigns.
  3. Avoid clicking on any links or downloading any attachments in unsolicited emails or texts from unknown sources
  4. Religious or faith-based miracle cures
  5. CBD-based cures and treatments
  6. Ignore communications that ask for your personal information.
  7. Don’t purchase goods from an unreputable site, e.g. sites that do not have HTTPS at checkout or have known merchant checkout options like MasterCard, Visa, PayPal, etc, is not accredited by the Better Business Bureau, does not have a contact number, email contact or shipping and returns policy.

Here is some additional information from the FCC and the United States Justice Department to help keep you safe and updated.

Keep healthy and stay safe.

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