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The Better Business Bureau’s Top Coronavirus Scams

Nancy Patterson - May 12, 2020

The Better Business Bureaus Top Coronavirus Scams

Well it’s a good bet that most of us didn’t see this one coming. At least not on this scale, right? Panick seems to be in the air everywhere we look these days. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to go to a grocery store without seeing most everyone in masks and gloves. The really unfortunate aspect of major calamities like Covid19 is that the unease and paranoia in the air is a breeding ground for evil doers bent on exploiting your desperation for something good, with false promises and misinformation.

The Covid19 pandemic is proven to be no different. Scam artists are on the attack deploying both tricks of old as well as more modern fleecing attempts. According to the Better Business Bureau. These are the top scams making their rounds durung the coronavirus crisis.

Fake Masks & Treatments

Personal Proective Equipement (PPE) has been the talk of the headlines. With worldwide shortages PPE is now found only at a premium, even for the front-line workers who need it the most to care for the most effected. This has been hamstrung by new CDC guidelines that recommend people wear masks in public.

The Scammers are well aware of this and have been coming out in droves offering all sorts of PPE and purported “secret” cures for Covid19, and often all offered at outrageous sums of money. But naturally, as with most scams, once the money changes hands nothing else happens.

Labs across the world are hard at work currently working on and developing drugs and treatments for Covid19 but currently none exist or are approved. Look out for these scams as it is easy to fall victim when all seems lost.

Stimulus check scams

In the week of April12, the IRS began disbursing stimulus payouts to most adults in the country. $1200+ found its way to most of us, however with that much money going out the door scammers were licking their chops. Those who had direct depost information into the IRS had no problems getting their checks directly and timely. However quite a large percentage of people had to wait for their checks to come in the mail. As a result some scammers set up expediting services that promised fast cash for a percentage of their checks (GROSS).

Phishing scams

We are all on the computer more these days. That’s a fact as we all sit at home with anticipation of the reopening of normal commerce in the United States. As such phishing scams have become all too popular again. A phishing scam is a scam aimed at trying to get you to give over your personal information. This usually happens in the form of an unsuspecting email link or the like, set up to look like a trusted source (and in some cases even from your employer’s IT deparment). Once you click the link, you may find that they use scare tactics and fear to extort the information or money from you.

Government Impersonation

This is more of a subsection of phishing scams however it deserves its own mention. Much like in the aforementioned phishing scams, often the scammer will pretend to represent the government and send you a “online coronavirus test” link telling you to get signed up. When you click the link, malware is downloaded and installed to your device.

No online tests for the coronavirus currently exist. If you believe you’re experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (or have been in contact with someone who’s tested positive), contact your health provider and state or local health department for guidelines on testing for the coronavirus in your area.

Price gouging

PPE isn’t the only thing running out in stores these days due to the pandemic. A trip to your local grocer reveals long lines, empty shelves and a sense of urgency to get those items before it’s too late! Often times, needlessly.

You’ve probably thought to yourselves, how is it that everyone could possibly be using so much toilet paper? Well, price gouging might be to blame. It’s not really everyone, it’s a select few who see opportunity in struggle. They will gobble up inventory and try to resell it online at a premium markup, much like ticket scalpers at sporting events and concerts.

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