Daily COVID-19 Scams (April 6)
There have been a number of recent scams related to COVID-19, many of which have been related to fake tests for the virus, fake charity drives, and false offers of financial relief. The requested information on all the new scams related to COVID-19 found has been included in the attached spreadsheet.
Examples of Scams Related to COVID-19
- There have been a number of scams involving fake tests for COVID-19, including scams involving calls from people impersonating Department of Health officials, fake testing sites set up outsides of churches, and offers of nurses administering at-home tests from healthcare companies in Florida and Virginia. There has also been a scam sent via text messages claiming to be from the US Department of Health and Human Services providing information about a new "mandatory" test for COVID-19.
- There have been scams where emails that claim to be from doctors or the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) claim to provide new information about COVID-19, in order to steal personal information from victims.
- Recent email scams have also asked victims to purchase gift cards to donate to a local community organization via as well as to donate to the CDC's effort to develop a vaccine for COVID-19.
- Several recent scams found had to do with financial relief, including scams pretending to be from government agencies or banks via email to send malware that targets banking information and websites claiming to help file claims for unemployment compensation that collect personal or financial data.