Consumer Alert: Don’t Let
Scammers Exploit Your Coronavirus Fears
Fears about the coronavirus and
news of infections are on the rise, so scammers and fraudsters are sure to
follow. Recent media reports detail unscrupulous sellers touting fake
treatments listed at outrageous prices. Scammers are setting up bogus
websites, emails, texts, and social media posts to take people’s
Our office is watching the news closely,
and we want you to be able to avoid coronavirus scams. The best way to
protect yourself is to follow these tips:
skeptical of “miracle cures.” Ignore online offers for
vaccinations, pharmaceuticals, and medicines. If you are unsure about a
product, check with a doctor before you buy it. Remember, as all scams go
– if it’s too good to be true – it probably is.
out for high-priced or low-quality products. Because of high demand, prices
are increasing on products like hand sanitizers and face masks. Moreover,
some of these products may not even be of the quality they promise.
Consider health recommendations from the Centers
for Disease Control when deciding whether a purchase is necessary. If
you are unsure about a product, check with a doctor or health professional
before you buy it. Research before you make a purchase and try to buy from
reputable companies with a reliable record – and don’t pay an
unfair price for something you may not need.
let anyone rush you. Avoid offers that are only good “now or
never.” Fears about the spread of coronavirus mean that many people
are making decisions under pressure – walk away from high-pressure
sales pitches or cure-all promises.
out for phishing emails. Criminals will try to steal your money and
information by sending you phony communications. If a person claiming to be
an expert on coronavirus contacts you, ignore them. Double-check links
before you click on them, and don’t open anything from an unfamiliar
out for unauthorized or fraudulent charities. Don’t let anyone rush
you to into making a donation, and visit http://www.give.org/or
make sure the organization you are considering donating to is legitimate.
A lot of false information is
floating around about the coronavirus. Stick to reputable sources –
visit the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, World Health Organization,
Carolina Department of Health and Human Services websites for more
information, or contact your doctor if you have questions.
If a company contacts you and
you’re unsure of their authenticity or if you believe that you have
been the victim of a scam, contact our office’s Consumer Protection
Division at ncdoj.gov/file-a-complaint