Posted: April 7, 2020
Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) to steal money and personal information. Don’t let them.
- Hang up on robocalls.
- Scammers are using illegal robocalls to pitch everything from scam Coronavirus treatments to work-at-home schemes.
- Verify information.
- Contact trusted sources to confirm information is correct. For the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at www.cdc.gov.
- Know who you’re buying from.
- Online sellers may claim to have in-demand products, like cleaning, household, and health and medical supplies when, in fact, they don’t.
- Don’t click on links from sources you don’t know. They could download viruses onto your computer or device.
- Do your homework.
- 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.
- Protect Yourself Southern District of Iowa
If you believe you were a victim of a scam, call local law enforcement and file a complaint online or by phone:
Report Coronavirus Fraud
National Center for Disaster
Fraud (NCDF): 1-866-720-5721;
Southern District of Iowa