Recent COVID-19 Scams to Avoid

Beware of the many Corona virus scams that are now being used. Some of these scams have been by text messaging, email, or in-person visits. These scams can appear convincing and are designed to take your personal information to commit fraud and identity theft. As a safeguard, check with a separate secondary source for validity. Some of the more recent scams noted below.

Fake text messaging:
A common scam occurs with text messages that claim to be from the Federal Government, including Health and Human Resources. This scam asks you to take an online Covid-19 test, directing to a website that collects personal information.

Fake emails:
Another common scam is by email. The message may state that someone you know has become ill with the Corona virus and you need to take a test. The email directs to download an attached form to fill out your personal information.

Fake “Pop Up” testing sites:
With this scam, people are dressed up like healthcare professionals with protective gear. They may charge a fee for future testing or collect personal information for Medicare or Medicaid fraud.

Identity Theft
Identity theft can significantly impact your daily life and financial well-being. If you feel that you have been a victim of identity theft, it’s important to work with a lawyer to insure that affairs are safe and secure. Contact SmartLaw to find the right identity theft lawyer in your area.


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