Fraud Watch

What to Watch For...?

  • … ads, bogus websites, direct mail, email and social media promoting herbs, oils, pills, powders, supplements and/or teas with miracle properties to cure chronic diseases, ease pain, melt away pounds, ward off infection — and nowadays to prevent, treat, or cure coronavirus.
  • … companies offering  oils, creams, and medications without a prescription.
  • … scammers impersonating federal health agencies since they are phishing to get your personal information.
  • … email links to a fake map that will deploy malicious software on your device that will steal your login credentials or your bank account information.
  • … phony websites with “coronavirus” or “COVID-19” in their URLs.

What to Do?

  • Be skeptical. If a claim to a product sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Avoid emails “supposedly” coming from the Centers for Disease Control Prevention and/or the World Health Organization.
  • Visit the actual websites by typing  cdc.gov  or  who.int in your browser to obtain reliable and up-to-date information.
  • Don’t open attachments or click on links of unsolicited emails or texts about medical products or global health emergency.
  • Report scams to the Complaint Department of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) or to the State Attorney General.

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