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Covid 19 scams

20.11.2020

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What Are Coronavirus Scams?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) scams are one of the types of scams when fraudsters are attempting to get the advantage of the situation with the pandemic, play on society worries and skepticism about the Corona, particularly those who are old, alone, self-isolating, suffer from the financial crisis.

One of the most widespread ways is a scam in the field of COVID-19 cybersecurity scams. If you want to know about 5 common scams during Corona times continue reading the text below.

Who Are General Victims of Scams?

  • Elderly people, retired ones are the prime targets of scammers. Generally, they are rarely visited by relatives, spend their time at home, and not up-to-date with the modern digital world;
  • Office workers that have zero free time and desire to check something out before making a purchase or donation;
  • Kids of all ages left at home alone because of isolation, when their parents outside;
  • Housewives are also victims of scams (fake testing of Coronavirus, unreliable shops with kits and bio-drugs, etc).

TOP-5 Scams of Coronavirus: How People Get Tricked?

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There are various types of coronavirus scamming (email fake donations and charities, fraud shops, unreal or ineffective drugs, etc).

  • Selling of fake goods (ineffective face masks, drugs, anti-Corona kits, sanitizers) by sending coronavirus email scams or text messages, phone calls, etc. Read more about fake drugs.
  • Scammers can try to get in your house pretending that they are healthcare workers and came to make testing for COVID-19;
  • Somebody may cover his or her real identity from you by pretending to be a charity worker and offer you to make a donation for the cure from Covid-19 or something else;
  • Fraudsters can perform coronavirus email scamming by asking you to donate to the NHS;
  • Trickers prompting elderly people to change their pension funds or investments on some products or services of scammers.

How to Protect From Coronavirus Scams?

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Do you want to not get hooked by scammers? Read the followings tips to avoid coronavirus scams:

  1. Do not share your personal or financial data with unknown people;
  2. Do not answer phone calls, text messages, no name chats from unfamiliar numbers to those you think suspicious;
  3. Do not be tricked by letting someone to put pressure on you to make you do some actions;
  4. Do not leak information about PIN from your card, CVC, passwords, and logins from your accounts in text messages, social media;
  5. Scammers use not their phone numbers to deceive you and increase the chances of having an answer;
  6. Be attentive and check the email addresses and domain names before answering or making some other actions;
  7. If your buddy sends you a suspicious link that can be dangerous for your account, think twice before clicking. Moreover, call them to make sure they weren’t hacked;
  8. Stop clicking on every link in a text message.

Are You Scammed Because of Covid-19 Scamming Schemes?

You can make a report on the 123 ChargeBack page, dedicated especially to those people who want to share their stories about scams. For example, you have been tricked by a coronavirus scam email attack. Give a fightback by exposing the impostor!

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Tatiana Sharapova

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