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Coronavirus Scam Information

You might have heard in the news that scammers have been trying to take advantage of people during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s hard to believe that scammers are still preying on people when humanity should be taking care of one another during this difficult time. So we wanted to remind you that it is important to protect yourself from people who might try to scam you for money or steal your identity. Please review the information below from the US Department of Justice:

“Be aware that criminals are attempting to exploit COVID-19 worldwide through a variety of scams.  There have been reports of:

  • Individuals and businesses selling fake cures for COVID-19 online and engaging in other forms of fraud.
  • Phishing emails from entities posing as the World Health Organization or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Malicious websites and apps that appear to share virus-related information to gain and lock access to your devices until payment is received.
  • Seeking donations fraudulently for illegitimate or non-existent charitable organizations.


Criminals will likely continue to use new methods to exploit COVID-19 worldwide.

If you think you are a victim of a scam or attempted fraud involving COVID-19, you can report it without leaving your home though a number of platforms. Go to:

 

For more information on Coronavirus scams, please see the Federal Trade Commission website.

Additional ISS information can be found here: Scam information for international students

Keep Calm and Avoid Coronavirus Scams. Here are 5 things you can do to avoid a Coronavirus scam: 1. Ignore offers for vaccinations and home test kits. Scammers are selling products to treat or prevent COVID-19 without proof that they work. 2. Hang up on robocalls. Scammers use illegal sales calls to  get your money and your personal information. 3. Watch out for phishing emails and text messages. Don't click on links in emails or texts you didn't expect. 4. Research before you donate. Don't let anyone rush you into making a donation. Get tips on donating wisely at ftc.gov/charity. 5. Stay in the know. Go to ftc.gov/coronavirus for the latest information on scams. Sign up to get FTC's alerts at ftc.gov/subscribe.

Updated 4/23/20