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Beware of Scams

Here are scams you need to watch for:

  • Calls or emails offering COVID-19 screening kits
  • Warnings via phone or email that your local area is infected with COVID-19
  • Emails appearing to come from the CDC or WHO
  • Requests for money to fund the vaccine for children in China
  • Claims that you can get your stimulus check now

What you can do to prevent becoming a victim of fraud:

  • Don’t click on links or attachments from emails claiming to be from the CDC or WHO
  • Visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website and the World Health Organization website directly for the most up-to-date COVID-19 information
  • Never give someone your personal information over the phone unless you made the call and have verified the person on the other end
  • Pay careful attention to the URLs and web addresses you visit
  • Do your homework before making a donation
  • Don’t click on interactive maps online

And remember:

  • The only proven way to get tested is through a certified testing center
  • The government will not ask you to pay money upfront in order for you to get your stimulus check.
  • The government will never call to ask you for your Social Security number, bank account or credit card number.
  • Stimulus checks are not yet available.

Contact ftc.gov/complaint if you suspect fraudulent activity.

 

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