They’re Here! The Coronavirus Scams
I guess it was only a matter of time; especially because of the lack of information, the amount of misinformation, the reporting of disinformation and, of course, panic. Add to all of that the level of social media that pervades our society that wasn't like this with Ebola, the Swine Flu, Bird Flu, H1N1, SARS, the list goes on and on. Are you ready for the scams?
According to patch.com, authorities are warning people to be on guard against scams involving the new coronavirus disease, also known as COVID-19. Scammers are setting up websites to sell phony health products that claim to prevent or cure COVID-19, and using fake emails, texts, and social media posts about coronavirus as a ruse to steal money and personal information. There are no approved vaccines, drugs, or treatments specifically for the new coronavirus. Pitches for any health product claiming to prevent or cure coronavirus are almost certainly fraudulent. Do not click on suspicious links online or in emails for information, officials said. For the latest, most accurate information about the coronavirus, go directly to the CDC (www.cdc.gov), WHO (www.who.it)