Here at Scamicide.com we have been concerned about Coronavirus related scams since the earliest days of the pandemic with the first Scam of the day dealing with these scams published on February 7th. Scammers are always exploiting whatever has captured the public’s attention and the Coronavirus pandemic is no exception to that rule. I am happy to say that the New York Times has even cited Scamicide.com as one of the three best sources for information about Coronavirus related scams, of which there are many.
Recently Atlas VPN, a research company, published a study based on information obtained from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in regard to the extent of Coronavirus related scams since the beginning of the year. To date, 152,129 reports of Coronavirus related scams have been reported to the FTC and that number is probably lower than the actual number as many victims of scams don’t report being scammed. The age group with the most reported scams were people between the ages of 30 and 39 while people between the ages of 40 and 49 lost the most money to Coronavirus scams. Not surprisingly, the state with the most reported scams was our most highly populated state, California.
The most highly reported Coronavirus related scams related to online shopping. In many instances, cybercriminals set up phony websites to sell a wide variety of products including totally bogus Coronavirus cures and treatments. Other phony websites offer a wide variety of merchandise at low prices, but never deliver the goods ordered. For information about safely shopping online check out the Scam of the day for December 12, 2019. Also, when shopping either online or in a brick and mortar store, you should never use your debit card. Instead use your credit card. The legal protections for fraudulent credit card use are much stronger than those for fraudulent use of your debit card.
For those of you receiving the Scam of the day through an email, I just want to remind you that if you want to see the ever increasing list of Coronavirus scams go to the first page of the http://www.scamicide.com website and click on the tab at the top of the page that indicates “Coronavirus Scams.” Presently there are more than 65 scams listed there and the list is growing. Scamicide was recently cited by the New York Times as one of three top sources for information about Coronavirus related scams.
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