Daily COVID-19 Scams (April 5)

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Daily COVID-19 Scams (April 5)

A new scam related to the COVID-19 crisis that has come to light in the past few days is the pop-up drive-through testing sites in Kentucky that sell $250 COVID-19 tests to people exhibiting symptoms. This and an additional 12 other scams have been entered on the attached spreadsheet in rows 85-97.

Scams

  • A phishing email requests people to click on a link that provides information about COVID-19, but is actually mining for personal information.
  • Drive-through testing sites are offering $250 COVID-19 tests to people who have symptoms and promise 24-hour results.
  • A telephone call offers Medicare members a free home testing kit for the coronavirus.
  • Due to falling interest rates because of COVID-19, a telephone call is offering mortgage refinancing to homeowners.
  • A telephone call tells people they can get supplies like sanitizer, soap, face masks, and toilet paper delivered to their home in 24 hours.
  • Through Facebook Messenger, scammers are telling people they are eligible for grants between $50,000 and $300,000 if they pay an upfront fee.
  • Another Facebook Messenger scam tells people they can find out when their stimulus check will arrive by calling a number and providing their social security number.
  • A text message tells seniors they can get a $50,000 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation if they have been affected by the coronavirus.
  • Another text message scam tells people they can get their stimulus checks immediately by confirming their bank account and paying a $50 fee.
  • Yet another text message scam tells Costco members they can receive $100 to spend at the store by clicking on a link.
  • People in West Virginia are getting telephone calls threatening to shut off their utilities for non-payment unless they pay their balances immediately with a prepaid debit card.
  • Some social security beneficiaries are receiving letters in the mail threatening the suspension of their benefits if they don't call a certain number because social security offices are closed due to the coronavirus.
  • Members of Total Care in Iowa are receiving text messages that they can get two free meals by clicking on a link and signing up.
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