Six COVID-19 Scams To Watch Out For

Beware of these common coronavirus scams.

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Beware of scammers trying to take advantage of you during these challenging and uncertain times. Here's all you need to know to protect yourself from the most recent coronavirus-related scams.

1. The fake cure scam. Scammers are peddling bogus cures and vaccines. If you're offered a drug or vaccine to fight coronavirus — especially by a company you've never heard of — you're looking at a scam.

2. Phishing emails from the "World Health Organization" (WHO). Scammers are sending out emails which appear to be from the WHO, but are really an attempt to get you to share personal information.

3. Fake charities. Everyone wants to help those stricken by the virus, but be sure to check out the authenticity of a charity before making your donation.

4. Malicious websites. Scammers have set up websites full of information on COVID-19 with the intention of gaining access to your device. Don't download any links or open attachments from non-reputable sources.

5. Fake funding scams. Criminals invent a "research team" supposedly on the verge of discovering a cure for COVID-19 — they just need your donation. Of course, all funds donated to this alleged team will go directly into the scammers' pockets. Only donate to verified causes.

6. Text scam. Scammers send an alarming text message informing you that someone you've recently been in contact with is infected with COVID-19. The text also includes a link for you to click for more info, which gives the scammer access to your device. If you receive a similar text, do not respond or click on any embedded links.

Remember, your financial institution will not request your social security number, PIN numbers or account information by text, phone or email. Don't open attachments, answer calls or texts from unknown numbers, or click on links that are embedded within texts or emails. If you receive a call from someone you don't know requesting sensitive information, hang up immediately! Never give your personal information to strangers.

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