Coronavirus Scams

Avoid Scams and Misinformation

Check with credible sources:  You can always check the list of known scams at the FCC, the FTC, and The US Food and Drug Administration. 

View FEMA’s COVID-19 Rumor Control Page

Get a newsletter about the latest scams with the monthly Scam Gram, from consumer advocacy group Consumer Action 


Guidelines to avoid getting scammed

How to protect yourself from coronavirus scams: advice from the US Federal Trade Commission.

The FCC offered a set of rules / tips that’ll allow you to avoid malicious agents on the phone and via text or email. This list is not all-inclusive:

– Do not trust a call just because you recognize the number or name on the number – these can be faked.
– Never click a link in a text message, ever.
– Do not respond to “charity” calls, and definitely do not donate to a “charity” if they called you – this is not a charity.
– Be cautious “if you’re being pressured to share any information or make a payment immediately.”
– Never share your personal info via email, text, or on a phone call
– Never share your financial info via email, text, or on a phone call
– Do not respond to calls or texts from unknown numbers


Scam Warnings

Don’t fall for a text saying you’ve come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
Police in Maine are warning the public after some residents have received a  text scam.The text claims that you have come in contact with someone who has tested positive or is showing symptoms of the coronavirus. It says you must self-isolate and it directs you to click on a link for more information. Don’t click on the link. This is not a legitimate organization.

Coronavirus misinformation
Get the facts! There is some incorrect information out there about COVID-19. Click here to view the CDC’s video debunking some of the coronavirus myths currently circulating.

Door-to-Door Scam
The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management has released a statement regarding a validated COVID-19 scam. Scammers, who are impersonating U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) personnel, are going door-to-door offering COVID-19 testing in exchange for money and personal information. The CDC confirmed they are doing no such activity. 

COVID-19 Stimulus Check scams
Scammers are calling and asking for personal information in order to secure your "Coronavirus Stimulus Check."  This is a scam. NEver provide any personal information: Social Security number, bank number, etc. over the phone.

"Coronavirus Cures" sold online
There is no known "cure" for COVID-19. Some unscrupulous entities are attempting to lure people into spending money on bogus "cures" by preying on fear. 

Reserving a coronavirus "vaccine" over the phone
Scammers are calling, claiming to represent the CDC, and inviting people to pre-purchase a "vaccine."  At present, no vaccine exists, and you cannot purchase or pre-purchase one.