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Times of trouble bring out a heartwarming generosity of spirit in most people. However, not everyone responds to a crisis with kindness. The fear, confusion, and social isolation we are living through can make us vulnerable. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reported receiving over 23,800 fraud complaints related to COVID-19 as of May 12, 2020.
Most scammers are after either your money or your personal information. Through robocalls, phishing emails, and texts, they try to scare you into divulging your personal information, lure you into clicking links to fake websites, or trick you into opening email attachments embedded with malware that can corrupt your computer — all in an attempt to gain your social security number, credit card details, or passwords for online accounts. Other crooks try to convince you to send them money directly by posing as a government entity, charity, or a loved one in need. Still others offer fake or inadequate products or services.
During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in particular, be on the alert for the following common scams:
Keeping up with the latest scams can be daunting, but there are resources to help you make sense of it all. For example, the FTC posts a bingo card on its website that gives a snapshot of Coronavirus-related scams. Keep these top of mind, and remember these ten ways you can protect yourself:
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