Every emergency, from a hurricane or eathquake to a pandemic, brings out the good in some of us along with scammers and fraudsters ready to take advantage of us.
My inbox is going viral (pardon the pun) from scammers offering survival tools, including unique facemasks, vitamins and other absolute crap, including “secret” medigap insurance, also about checks from the government.
Anyone who tells you they can get you the money now is a scammer.
My phone is ringing with both robocalls and real calls from fake charities and fake health care providers.
Don’t fall for it.
If ever there was a time to stick with the products, stores and charities you know and trust, this is it.
Especially avoid sham scam websites that claim alleged “secret” US government information or photos or video clips of real and recognizable US government officials.
Don’t open any attachment, in case it contains malware, including malware that can steal your passwords and identify.
Don’t click the “unsubscribe” button, in case you are directed to a malware or phishing site. Just delete the spam scam.
The Federal Trade Commission also is warning specifically about:
Emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or experts saying they have information about the virus.
- For the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Ignore online offers for vaccinations.
- There currently are no vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, lozenges or other prescription or over-the-counter products available to treat or cure Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) — online or in stores.
Do your homework when it comes to donations, whether through charities or crowdfunding sites.
- Don’t let anyone rush you into making a donation. If someone wants donations in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money, don’t do it.
Don’t let Coronavirus scare you into being the victim of a scam
Avoid Coronavirus and Covid-19 scams and frauds like this:
- NOTE – only partial email addresses are being supplied so you don’t click on them
Please don’t click the link from PandemicSurvival@
(rest of email address not being shown) threatening that
“Whether you click that link could decide if you survive this very new kind of epidemic. Just thought you should know.”
Don’t fall for it. Don’t get scammed.
Please, somebody, tell me why anybody in their right mind would open an email from
to learn how to survive Coronavirus.
Please, somebody, tell me why anybody in their right mind would purchase a face mask from
offering a 5-layer activated carbon filter, it’s able to stop 94% of viruses, bacteria, chemicals, pollution, dust, pollen, and smoke.
And, of course, we all should have total trust in an email offering 24/7 “healthcare without the co-pay” from the widely-respected and internationally renowned
Those are just some Coronavirus and Covid 19 scam emails and fraud emails I’ve received this week. What have you received?
survivalguide@ a website based on some Caribbean island.
What kind of pandemic survival emails and phone calls have you been getting? Comment below.
ecoXplorer Evelyn Kanter is a journalist with 20+ years of experience as a newspaper and magazine writer, radio & TV news producer & reporter, and guidebook and smartphone app author – all focusing on travel, automotive, the environment and your rights as a consumer.
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