FBI warns public of coronavirus-related scams

PORTLAND—The  FBI is warning the public to be wary of criminals that may be trying to take advantage of you during the coronavirus pandemic.

They say you should be on high alert for fake emails that say they are from the CDC, or emails touting a cure or medical advice related to coronavirus.

U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams for the District of Oregon says scammers have already devised numerous methods for defrauding people in connection with coronavirus.

"They are setting up websites, contacting people by phone and email, and posting disinformation on social media platforms," Williams said in a statement. 

Some examples of scams linked to COVID-19 include:

  • Scammers are selling fake at-home test kits .
  • Scammers are offering to sell fake cures, vaccines, and medical advice related to coronavirus
  • Scammers are contacting people pretending to be doctors and hospitals that have treated a friend or relative for coronavirus and demanding payment for that treatment.

Remember to always check the email addresses that these messages come from and never click on a click or an attachment from an unknown email. 

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