Con Artists Using Coronavirus Fears To Steal Money, Identities: What you Need to Know
Many Utahns are looking for ways to help or maybe to protect themselves and their families, but thieves are cashing in on our fears. That has the consumer watchdogs at the Better Business Bureau sounding the alarm.
“Anytime there’s anything like this in the news – the coronavirus, Ebola – anything like that, we see people trying to take advantage,” said Britta Clark, director of communications for the Utah Better Business Bureau.
One way crooks take advantage of that is by selling protective gear they claim will prevent, treat or even cure the virus – gear like bogus masks, drugs, vaccines — even mineral solutions.
“You want to make sure that you consider the source. Consider the science that we have available and double-check to make sure that what a product claims to do is actually capable of doing,” Clark said.
At this moment there is no cure for COVID-19, but there are plenty of myths.
Scientists said wearing surgical face masks do little to keep you from getting sick. The masks might weed out some of the larger respiratory droplets of the virus but not the smaller ones, because they fit too loose and don’t cover your eyes.
We found this rumor going around: Fluffy or Fido can contract the virus and then spread it to us. Not true, said the World Health Organization, so no need to re-home your pets.
But this is true: Whenever a major calamity strikes, bad guys set up fake charities to steal your money, identity or both. It’s no different for COVID-19, so, watch out for links, emails, and social media posts from obscure nonprofits.
You can also scope out a charity’s background using the BBB’s Wise Giving Alliance.
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