In the best of times and in the worst of times, some people will try to take advantage of others. Law enforcement agencies and the media are reporting several types of scams related to COVID-19 (coronavirus).
Beware of calls, texts or emails offering vaccines or coronavirus cures. The caller may claim the cure was just discovered and there are limited supplies. They prey on community fears, claiming you have been exposed to the virus and must act fast.
Other scams will claim to be a medical clinic; stating a family member has been diagnosed with coronavirus, but they can’t get care until they pay a medical bill. The caller will ask for a credit card number to help cover the medical costs.
Phishing emails may claim to be from a reputable source, for example the Center for Disease Control, a health department or a medical clinic. They’ll invite you to click a link which may corrupt your computer. Others will claim to be from a charity, seeking donations to fight the coronavirus or to raise funds for research or support of community members.
Follow these steps to prevent becoming a victim of a scam.
If you think you may have been a victim of a scam, call the Minnesota Attorney General’s office at 651-296-3353 or 1-800-657-3787.
To learn more about scams and fraud, contact the Minnesota AARP office at 1-866-554-5381 or visit www.aarp.org/fraud or www.consumer.gov.