With corona virus, it seems to me that the scams fall into several categories; 1) selling products that don’t exist or don’t work, such as a coronavirus vaccine; 2) overcharging for goods in high demand, such as face masks or hand sanitizer; 3) phishing scams sending email supposedly from WHO or CDC; 4) just rolling in the virus scare to help further an existing scam. For example, puppy scams are now using the virus to explain why the dog hasn’t arrived yet. And of course 5) bogus charities taking money supposedly to help.
- Business email compromise gang in Nigeria now sending emails supposedly from vendors saying bank accounts changed because of virus
- Spammers and hackers are taking advantage of those working remotely
- US seizes fake virus test kits at Los Angles airport
- Political opinion web site ordered by New York AG to stop advertising bogus corona products
- Psychologists try to figure out why people buy so much toilet paper
- BBB tips on virus scams
- Malicious web site copies John Hopkins tracking site; may install malware
- Phone scams calling seniors, telling them their virus vaccine is ready, taking payment
- FTC warns of scam potential if US government sends people checks
- Malicious emails pretending to be health advisories contain viruses: Pakistan behind these?
FTC provides tips for online safety when working from home
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