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:
- Contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- If it's a cyber scam, submit your complaint through https://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx”
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