The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is warning individuals to remain vigilant for scams related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Scammers are setting up websites to sell bogus products and using fake emails, texts, and social media posts as a ruse to take your money and get your personal information. These schemes include asking people to donate to victims, setting up fake charities and causes, offering advice on unproven treatments, impersonating health care providers, or sending malicious email attachments.
If you’re tempted to buy an unproven product or one with questionable claims, please check with your doctor or other health care professional first.
Don’t click on links from sources you don’t know. Scammers can download viruses onto your computer or device. Watch for emails claiming to have the most up-to-date information or from experts saying they have information about the Coronavirus.
Do your homework when it comes to donations, whether through charities or crowdfunding sites. Don’t let anyone rush you into donating. If someone wants donations in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money, just don’t do it.
Remain vigilant and take the following precautions:
• Avoid clicking on links in unsolicited emails and be wary of email attachments.
• Use trusted sources about COVID-19, such as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) for up-to-date, fact-based information about COVID-19.
• Do not reveal personal or financial information in email, and do not respond to email solicitations for this information.
• Verify a charity’s authenticity before making donations.
Please exercise caution in handling any email with a COVID-19-related subject line, attachment, or hyperlink, and be wary of social media pleas, texts, or calls related to COVID-19.