Coronavirus Scams

Be Vigilant

Tips from Skyline and the FTC

Scammers prey on people during vulnerable times to take advantage of those worried about their health or finances. ‘Phishing’ is a common type of attack that seeks to use deception to manipulate individuals into divulging confidential or personal information that may be used for fraudulent purposes.

Be on the lookout for the following scams that have been compiled and reported to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) specifically in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic:

Coronavirus Related Scams

Please be mindful of scams claiming the following:

  • Coronavirus treatments and work-from-home schemes
  • Offers regarding vaccinations and home test kits
  • Communications claiming to be from the government, especially those related to receipt of stimulus checks
  • Emails claiming to be from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Emails from unknown charities asking for donations

How to Avoid Coronavirus Scams

Please take the following precautions when you receive contact from unknown sources:

  • Hang up on robocalls and don’t press any numbers
  • Ignore online offers for vaccinations and home test kits
    • Currently, there are no Federal Drug Administration (FDA)-authorized home test kits for the Coronavirus
    • Visit the FDA to learn more
  • Do not respond to texts and emails about checks from the government
    • Anyone who tells you they can get you the money now is a scammer
  • Do not click on links from sources you do not know as they could download viruses onto your computer or device
  • Watch for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or other government and international agencies such as the World Health Organization (WHO)
    • Especially be cautious if you have not signed up for these updates
  • Investigate charities and crowdfunding sites before donating

These are uncertain times and we want to keep you informed of the latest developments to protect you and your family from further impacts.

Here's a helpful infographic from the FTC.

Corona Virus Scams Infographic