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Avoid Coronavirus Scams

Beware Phishing & Imposter Attempts

  • Be alert for phishing and imposter scams that will typically target you online and through email.
  • Don’t click on links from sources you don’t know and watch out for emails that may appear to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Consumers should also beware of CDC impersonators who may go door-to-door claiming to be from the organization. Report imposters to your local law enforcement.
  • For the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Don’t Fall for Fake Cures or Fake Checks

  • Ignore online offers for vaccinations. There currently are no vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, lozenges or other prescription or over-the-counter products available to treat or cure Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) — online or in stores.
  • Should the government decide to issue checks or direct deposits, it’s important to remember:
    • The government will not ask you to pay anything up front to get this money. No fees. No charges. 
    • The government will not call to ask for your Social Security number, bank account, or credit card number. Anyone who does is a scammer.

Do Your Homework on Donations & Purchases

  • Research organizations through which you may want to donate. Do not provide cash or gift cards. Do not wire money. If you are being pressured into giving, it’s a scam.
  • Before donating, confirm you are dealing with a reputable charity. Helpful resources for charity background information may be found via and
  • Use care when shopping online. Research product descriptions and the seller’s history carefully before committing to a purchase.  

File A Consumer Complaint

Read more about avoiding Coronavirus scams on the Federal Trade Commission's website.