Be wary of COVID-19 scams



March 31, 2020 - 10:12 AM

I seem to hit the fraud and scams topic fairly frequently. However, the landscape scammers work within is constantly changing, and scammers are crafty in learning new ways of reaching their targets.  With the current climate created with COVID-19, more doors are cracking open for scammers to wiggle in and take advantage of unsuspecting victims.  While we all need to be on guard, our older adults in our communities are still prime targets for scams. 

Now that we are all spending more time in our home setting, the phones may be ringing more frequently.  Along with the extra calls, we may be seeing more solicitations through email. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warns of these potential scams:

Undelivered products — Online sellers claim to have much needed products, such as cleaning, health, and medical supplies. These could include offers for vaccinations and home test kits. You can place an order, but then it is never delivered.  

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