Be Aware of COVID-19 Scams
COVID-19 Scams are on the Rise
Scammers are always trying to take advantage of the public, and the COVID-19 pandemic has given them more opportunities. From phone calls, to phishing emails, to malicious websites, to fake cures and testing kits, we want to help ensure you do not become a victim.
What to watch for
Scammers often like to threaten, demand, or prey on fears. Recently there have been reports of the following:
- Phone Calls
- The World Health Organization urges citizens to be wary of phone calls and text messages that imply that they are the WHO or a charity organization asking for account information or money. There have also been reports of “free testing kit” phone calls and student loan callback scam. Also be aware of fake cures and anyone asking for payment or personal information over the phone.
- Phishing emails
- Think the Center of Disease Control (CDC) just sent you an important email you need to read right away? Think again. If you receive an email that you weren’t expecting or from someone you don’t know, make sure to check the email address and avoid opening the email until you are sure. Basically, be cautious of unsolicited emails. They are often fraudulent and contain malicious links.
- Charity scams
- Scammers will call, email or go door-to-door saying they are fundraising for a charity. If there is any urgency or demands behind this it is likely a scam. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) suggests researching charities before donating. Click here for more information.
- Test kits/Fake cures
- There is not currently a cure for COVID-19. There is also NOT an FDA approved home test kit available for COVID-19. As far as treatment, there are no products available that can treat or cure COVID-19. Be aware if this is offered online or in a store and report immediately.
- Phone Calls
Franklin Police Department – Beware of COVID-conners
Because criminals work to capitalize on crisis, and with considerable public concern over the Coronavirus, Franklin Police want to remind residents to be on guard against scammers with resources on how to report.
Metro Nashville – COVID-19 and Disaster Related Scams
Metro Nashville police provide tips on phone, phishing, COVID-19 test kits and door to door solicitation scams as well as how to report if you live in Metro Nashville.
COVID-19 Consumer Warnings and Safety Tips from the Federal Communications Commission
Listen to audio samples of coronavirus scams such as a test kit phone scam and student loan callback scam. View text message hoaxes with claims about the government implementing a two-week shutdown or scams impersonating the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Forbes: Be on the Lookout for These COVID-19 Insurance Scams
Insurance fraud is a multibillion dollar criminal enterprise that often preys on consumers’ fears and anxieties during times of crisis, like a global pandemic.
Other reporting platforms:
If you think you are a victim of a scam or attempted fraud involving COVID-19, you can also report it without leaving your home though a number of platforms provided by the Federal Government. Go to: