Coronavirus Scams

Avoid Scams and Misinformation

Check with credible sources:  You can always check the list of known scams at the FCC, the FTC, and The US Food and Drug Administration. 

View FEMA’s COVID-19 Rumor Control Page

Get a newsletter about the latest scams with the monthly Scam Gram, from consumer advocacy group Consumer Action 

Guidelines to avoid getting scammed

How to protect yourself from coronavirus scams: advice from the US Federal Trade Commission.

The FCC offered a set of rules / tips that’ll allow you to avoid malicious agents on the phone and via text or email. This list is not all-inclusive:

– Do not trust a call just because you recognize the number or name on the number – these can be faked.
– Never click a link in a text message, ever.
– Do not respond to “charity” calls, and definitely do not donate to a “charity” if they called you – this is not a charity.
– Be cautious “if you’re being pressured to share any information or make a payment immediately.”
– Never share your personal info via email, text, or on a phone call
– Never share your financial info via email, text, or on a phone call
– Do not respond to calls or texts from unknown numbers

Scam Warnings

Don’t fall for a text saying you’ve come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
Police in Maine are warning the public after some residents have received a  text scam.The text claims that you have come in contact with someone who has tested positive or is showing symptoms of the coronavirus. It says you must self-isolate and it directs you to click on a link for more information. Don’t click on the link. This is not a legitimate organization.

Relief payments are not tied to your census response
There have been some rumors that those who don’t fill out their census will not receive coronavirus relief payments. This is not true. The census does not share information with any other agency or government department! However, you should definitely still fill out your census! Click here to do it now!

Coronavirus misinformation
Get the facts! There is some incorrect information out there about COVID-19. Click here to view the CDC’s video debunking some of the coronavirus myths currently circulating.

Door-to-Door Scam
The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management has released a statement regarding a validated COVID-19 scam. Scammers, who are impersonating U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) personnel, are going door-to-door offering COVID-19 testing in exchange for money and personal information. The CDC confirmed they are doing no such activity. 

COVID-19 Stimulus Check scams
Scammers are calling and asking for personal information in order to secure your "Coronavirus Stimulus Check."  This is a scam. NEver provide any personal information: Social Security number, bank number, etc. over the phone.

"Coronavirus Cures" sold online
There is no known "cure" for COVID-19. Some unscrupulous entities are attempting to lure people into spending money on bogus "cures" by preying on fear. 

Reserving a coronavirus "vaccine" over the phone
Scammers are calling, claiming to represent the CDC, and inviting people to pre-purchase a "vaccine."  At present, no vaccine exists, and you cannot purchase or pre-purchase one.