Daily COVID-19 Scams (April 12)
Throughout the current COVID-19 pandemic, there have been countless scams connected to the virus. For instance, a number of scammers have posed as workers from the American Red Cross to travel from home-to-home to offer tests to American citizens for a certain fee. In rows 175 through 186 of the attached spreadsheet, there is information on 12 different instances of scams related to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.
- Joo Black has recently contacted American citizens to discuss an alleged Social Community Grant. One consumer that brought the issue up with the Better Business Bureau states that this tactic was also used on his mother.
- Consumers have received messages that appear to be from Amazon that requests them to sign in to their Amazon account, for which they will receive a free hand sanitizer bottle to go along with their next purchase.
- A shopper scouring through eBay ordered three boxes of N95 masks for a total of around $62. Following his order confirmation, he noticed that he was receiving just three masks.
- Scammers are creating sites that mimic the John Hopkins University-affiliated COVID-19 website and sending emails to Americans to entice them to visit the sites to obtain statistical information. However, after opening up the maps, their computers become infected.