Check This Directory to Avoid Coronavirus Scams

You’ve heard warnings about the rise in financial scams during the coronavirus outbreak. But as you go about your day to day life, it can be difficult to make a hasty judgment about what is fraudulent and what is genuine.

If you’re worried about avoiding scams or helping those you love avoid them, bookmark this growing directory of coronavirus-related scams.

Financial technology company Self is behind an extensive list that it says will be updated weekly. There are over 130 examples on the list right now, from payday loan text message scams to phishing emails allegedly sent by the CDC.

Directory entries come from a variety of sources, such as fraud warnings from agencies such as the FTC, FDA, and FCC, as well as reports from the Better Business Bureau and various local media outlets.

Some of the entries include images of attempted scams, including this example of a “free” iPhone offering.

While not all types of scams may be on this list, this is a good starting point if you want to test your internal reaction before clicking a link in an email or replying to a text message. Sort entries by fraud type, communication method, or security breach format, or CTRL + F search for a keyword or phrase.

When checking a directory, keep the usual rules in mind: do not open attachments or follow links sent by strangers, do not provide financial or personal information if someone asks for it, and keep your passwords safe.


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