There has been a substantial increase in scams related to COVID-19 – reiterating to our customers and the public to watch out for this is critical, they focus on spyware and malware, products that claim they can cure this virus, and warnings came out this morning on attempts to steal the direct financial support that individuals will be receiving as part of the federal aid package.
From the FTC:
Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding the Coronavirus.
Avoid Coronavirus Scams
Here are some tips to help you keep the scammers at bay:
The FTC and FDA have jointly issued warning letters to seven sellers of unapproved and misbranded products, claiming they can treat or prevent the Coronavirus. The companies’ products include teas, essential oils, and colloidal silver.
The FTC says the companies have no evidence to back up their claims — as required by law. The FDA says there are no approved vaccines, drugs or investigational products currently available to treat or prevent the virus. Read more about the warning letters.