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COVID-19 Scams to Watch Out For

April 22, 2020

An envelope hangs from a fishhook, over a background of coronavirus shapes.

Attackers are taking advantage of the COVID-19 situation to capitalize on the fear people experience during a crisis.

Most of these attacks involve social engineering, so be alert!

Here are the most common scams we have seen since March, and ways you can stay safe.

Stimulus Package Scams

Health Scams

  • Scammers are using robocalls and phishing scams to sell bogus services, such as:
    • low-priced health insurance
    • work-at-home schemes
    • breathing masks
    • COVID-19 virus self-testing kits
    • home air-testing kits

    These scams take your credit card information, and don’t deliver any goods or services. Only purchase goods from reputable vendors. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

  • Watch out for emails claiming to be from the CDC or WHO. Use sites like and to get the latest information. And don’t click on links from sources you don’t know.
  • Ignore online offers for vaccinations, medications, and home test kits. There are no products proven to treat or prevent COVID-19 at this time.

Technology Scams

  • Make sure you only use the official Zoom website (, and only download the Zoom app from their website. Scammers have created thousands of fake Zoom sites and app installers to steal your personal information or install malicious software on your device.
  • Carefully scrutinize any new app or service marketed around the COVID-19 pandemic. Many scammers are publishing software or extensions aimed at working remotely that could steal your information or install malicious software.

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