Misinformation and scams

Last modified: 
Mon, 05/04/2020 - 16:33

A number of phishing, online, text and phone scams are continuing to capitalize on the COVID-19 pandemic. These scams use the COVID-19 virus as a lure in the subject line to scare recipients into clicking on harmful links or attachments in emails, text messages and social media posts.

Examples of current COVID-19 scams:

  • Fabricated notices from health organizations (e.g., the Federal Government, CDC, WHO or local health departments) advising you that you’ve been exposed to the virus and asking you to download a form and take it with you to a hospital
  • Phony websites containing maps and dashboards
  • Information about protecting yourself, your children, or your community that contains malicious links or attachments
  • Charitable appeals, claiming to help victims of the virus, which are not legitimate
  • Misleading ads or spam about masks or other protective gear, or other helpful hints to combat the virus

Please use trusted sources such as government websites for up-to-date information about COVID-19.

Myth vs. Fact

Check out this advice to help you avoid misinformation from unreliable sources.