In the United States, some fraudsters are using the panic over the new coronavirus to deceive unsuspecting victims,media BGR reported. The problem began a few weeks ago, when fraudsters began making bot calls telling people they could get a new coronavirus test kit if they were willing to pay. At that time, there were no home testing kits for the new coronavirus.
In addition, there have been reports of similar schemes in which fraudsters promise to individuals fake treatments, breathing masks that don’t work and well-paid job opportunities at home, all in order to defraud people of money. There have even been reports that the suspect, who is wearing a white lab jacket and claims to be from the Department of Health, is trying to sell fake test kits to the public in Florida. Once someone opens the front door, they are beaten and then robbed.
There has also been a significant increase in the number of reported cyberattacks, including traditional hacking and phishing attempts. It is worth noting that some phishing attempts appear to have been designed with formal notification from the World Health Organization.
Hackers have also benefited from the emotional damage caused by the global public health crisis. Tom Hale, president of SurveyMonkey, said: “We’ve certainly seen an increase in COVID-19 phishing attempts that are making people emotionaland and using the crisis to drive urgency. “
In addition, the FTC highlights many other scams linked to the new corona virus that have been discovered in recent weeks, including fake online stores and fraudulent charities.
No goods shipped: Online sellers claim they have items in demand, such as cleaning, household and health and medical supplies. You did not receive the goods after you placed the order. Anyone can open a store online using almost any name, including scammers.
Fake charities: You may be looking for ways to help when a major health event, such as a new coronavirus, occurs. Scammers will take advantage of the same events to take advantage of your generosity. Some scammers use names that sound a lot like the names of real charities. This is one of the reasons for doing some research before making a donation. The reduction in money caused by false charity fraud means that fewer donations can help people in need.
Finally, the FTC wants the public to keep the agency informed of any scams they encounter through these sites.