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FRAUD Public Service Announcement: Corona COVID-19

We are sharing this information to ensure that you are aware that criminals are attempting to exploit COVID-19 worldwide through a variety of scams.

There have been reports of:

  1. Individuals and businesses selling fake cures for COVID-19 online and engaging in other forms of fraud.
  2. Phishing emails from entities posing as the World Health Organization or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Do not click in any email attachments or links in your emails.
  3. Malicious websites and apps that appear to share virus-related information to gain and lock access to your devices until payment is received. Do not pay any websites that you have not directly typed in to go to.
  4. Seeking donations fraudulently for illegitimate or non-existent charitable organizations. Do not give any anyone your personal or confidential or financial information - not to anyone that calls you!

Criminals will likely continue to use new methods to exploit COVID-19 worldwide.

If you think you are a victim of a scam or attempted fraud involving COVID-19, you can report it without leaving your home though a number of platforms. Go to:

• Connect with the National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721 or via email at disaster@leo.gov
• Report it to the FBI at tips at http://fbi.gov
• If it’s a cyber scam, submit your complaint through https://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx

Learn more: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/coronavirus-scams-what-ftc-doing


Avoid Coronavirus Scams
Here are some tips to help you keep the scammers at bay:

  • Hang up on robocalls. Don’t press any numbers. Scammers are using illegal robocalls to pitch everything from scam Coronavirus treatments to work-at-home schemes. The recording might say that pressing a number will let you speak to a live operator or remove you from their call list, but it might lead to more robocalls, instead.

  • Ignore online offers for vaccinations and home test kits. Scammers are trying to get you to buy products that aren’t proven to treat or prevent the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) — online or in stores. At this time, there also are no FDA-authorized home test kits for the Coronavirus. Visit the FDA to learn more.

  • Fact-check information. Scammers, and sometimes well-meaning people, share information that hasn’t been verified. Before you pass on any messages, connect with trusted sources. Visit What the U.S. Government is Doing for links to federal, state and local government agencies.

  • Know who you’re buying from. Online sellers may claim to have in-demand products, like cleaning, household, and health and medical supplies when, in fact, they don’t.

  • Don’t respond to texts and emails about checks from the government. The details are still being worked out. Anyone who tells you they can get you the money now is a scammer.

  • Don’t click on links from sources you don’t know. They could download viruses onto your computer or device.

  • Watch for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or experts saying they have information about the virus. For the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

  • Do your homework when it comes to donations, whether through charities or crowdfunding sites. Don’t let anyone rush you into making a donation. If someone wants donations in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money, don’t do it. https://home.treasury.gov/services/report-fraud-waste-and-abuse/covid-19-scams

    If you receive calls, emails, or other communications claiming to be from the Treasury Department and offering COVID-19 related grants or stimulus payments in exchange for personal financial information, or an advance fee, or charge of any kind, including the purchase of gift cards, please do not respond

    These are scams. Please connect with the FBI at www.ic3.gov so that the scammers can be tracked and stopped.


    From everyone at AuctionInstructor.com, we sincerely wish you and those in your life safety and the best of good health. We will get through this.



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We have cancelled the three-hour free public information workshop -- Personal Safety On-and-off the Internet. These planned quarterly Public Service Workshops are always on a Saturday. Don't miss these important workshop education events -- easy to understand information you need to know on how to protect yourself and your family both at home and on the Internet. Receive updates first-hand from the experts on scams, fraud and Identity Theft. Please check back here. Be safe!


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