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Coronavirus Scam Alert - Part 2

Coronavirus Scam Alert - Part 2

If you have experienced or heard of other scams related to coronavirus, please call us at 561-684-5885 x59230 or email us at evolunteer@youradrc.org so we can share the information. Together we can educate our community to help prevent scams!

Watch out for these new coronavirus scams:

  1. Fake medical products: Ignore offers for coronavirus vaccinations, “preventative medications,” and in-home test kits. So far, there are no products that are proven to prevent or treat Coronavirus. The FDA has not approved any test kits that allow you to collect your own samples at home.
  2. Checks from the government: The government is still figuring out how to provide financial help to Americans. Anyone who offers you a check “right now,” asks you to provide your Social Security number or bank account information, or says you need to pay a fee or buy a gift card to get your money, is a scammer. The government will NOT call or text you to verify your personal or financial information.
  3. Social Security scams: Scammers call or send letters pretending to be from Social Security. They say coronavirus has affected your benefits and you must pay a fine or fee to continue receiving benefits. Sometimes they also ask for your personal or financial information. The government is not suspending or withholding Social Security benefits because of coronavirus, so do not respond or send money!
  4. Student loans: If you have student loans, watch out for scam letters, calls, and emails asking you to provide your personal or financial information in order to waive your student loan payments or interest. Contact your loan servicer directly - do not answer any calls from a number you do not know.
  5. Online sales scams: Some scammers pretend to have in-demand supplies like disinfectant wipes and toilet paper, then they take your money and never send the supplies to you. If you order online, be sure you are buying from a reliable source.
  6. Fake doctor scams: Scammers call and pretend to be a medical professional treating one of your loved ones for coronavirus. They ask you to wire money, mail cash, or buy gift cards to pay for the treatment. Hang up and do not send any money!
  7. Charity scams: Scammers set up fake charity websites or GoFundMe pages, and they send messages through Facebook or email asking for donations. Never donate money using cash, gift cards, or a wire transfer.
  8. Texts and emails with viruses: If you get an email or text message from a source you do not know that claims to have urgent coronavirus news, DO NOT click on any links or attachments. You could be downloading viruses onto your device that can steal your passwords and personal information.
     

Stay alert and protect yourself!

The Area Agency on Aging’s Elder Rights Center helps crime victims ages 60 and over report and recover from fraud, scams, and other crimes. Our Helpline connects older adults with resources for food and nutrition, home-delivered meals, in-home care, and many other services. Please call our agency at 561-684-5885 if you are 60 or over and need help.

If you have experienced or heard of other scams related to coronavirus, please call us at 561-684-5885 x59230 or email us at evolunteer@youradrc.org so we can share the information. Together we can educate our community to help prevent scams!