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 https://sos.tn.gov/charitable/ and https://www.charitynavigator.org/.
- Use care when shopping online. Research product descriptions and the seller’s history carefully before committing to a purchase.
File A Consumer Complaint
- Report issues of price gouging and fake/misleading product claims and service offers to the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs by filing a consumer complaint.
- To file a consumer complaint, click here: https://www.tn.gov/attorneygeneral/working-for-tennessee/consumer/file-a-complaint.html
- If you need assistance with a complaint, please call 615-741-4737 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read more about avoiding Coronavirus scams on the Federal Trade Commission's website.