COVID-19 Scams

COVID-19 Scams

 COVID-19 testing, vaccine, and treatment scams - Don't trust offers to get early access to the approved vaccine. And be aware that scammers are also targeting Medicare recipients.

COVID-19 Scams, Rumors, and Price Gouging

 During the COVID-19 pandemic, scammers may try to take advantage of you. They might get in touch by phone, email, postal mail, text, or social media. Protect your money and your identity. Don't share personal information like your bank account number, Social Security number, or date of birth. Learn how to recognize and report a COVID vaccine scam and other types of coronavirus scams. 

Covid19 scam

Common Coronavirus Scams

 Scammers change their methods frequently. Current coronavirus scams include:

  • Identity theft when people post a photo of their vaccination card on social media -  Don't post a photo of your vaccination card online. Scammers can see and steal your name, birthdate, and other personal information.  

  • COVID-19 testing, vaccine, and treatment scams - Don't trust offers to get early access to the approved vaccine. And be aware that scammers are also targeting Medicare recipients. They're offering COVID-19 testing in an attempt to steal personal information.

  • Charity scams - Fake charities pop up during disasters. And scammers can also claim to be from real charities. Learn how to research charity claims and protect your money. 

  • Checks from the government - Scammers say they’re from the IRS or another government agency. They ask for your personal information or try to charge you fake fees for getting your stimulus check or offer you a way to get the money early. 

  • FDIC and banking - People pretend to call from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) or your bank. They say your bank account or your ability to get cash are in danger and ask for your personal information.

  • Grandparent and military service member scams - A scammer pretends to be a grandchild or a military service member. They say they're sick or in trouble because of the coronavirus. They contact you asking to wire them money to pay for fake medical or travel expenses.

  • COVID-19 funeral assistance scam - Scammers pretend to be from FEMA's COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Program and call to offer program registration to family members of people who have died from COVID-19. In this way, the scammers can steal the family members' Social Security numbers and other forms of identification.

  • According to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) Elder Fraud Report on scamming statistics 2020.

 Learn from the FCC about other types of COVID-19 scams and read and listen to sample text and phone messages from scammers.

Report COVID-19 Scams

  • Contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud  

  • Report a scam to the FBI at tips.fbi.gov.

  • If it's an online scam, submit your complaint through the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).

Coronavirus Rumors

 Rumors, myths, and conspiracy theories about the coronavirus can be frightening and misleading. Go to FEMA's Rumor Control page to check out the real answers about the rumors you're hearing.

Report Price Gouging

 During times of high demand, sellers may raise prices to a very high and unfair level on needed items like:

  • Face masks

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Household or personal care items

 This is called price gouging and it’s illegal. If you suspect price gouging, report it to your state attorney general.