Be Aware of COVID-19 Related Scams

Apr 27, 2020
  

If you follow our social media pages, you may have seen some links we’ve been sharing about COVID-19 related scams. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been especially active in warning consumers about these scams, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has launched a new website dedicated to debunking COVID-19 rumors. 

Below are some of the articles we have shared on the NHRS Facebook and Twitter pages: 

NH Attorney General's COVID-19 Scam Alert: Targeting Aging Adults: Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald released a notice last week highlighting different scams relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, and specifically those targeting aging adults.

Avoiding SSA scams during COVID-19: Remember - never verify your Social Security Number with a person who calls you out of the blue, even if they claim to be from the Social Security Administration. Read this article for more tips. 
 
Socially distancing from COVID-19 robocall scams: See how scammers are using robocalls in the wake of COVID-19 to trick consumers into giving up personal information. This article explains what the red flags are, and what you should do if you find yourself on the phone with a scammer. 
 
FTC Coronavirus scams, part 2: Take a look at these scams that the FTC has seen on the upswing since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. These scams range from undelivered goods from online sellers to fake charities.

Coronavirus Rumor Control: FEMA has created a new website for the sole purpose of debunking COVID-19 rumors. By knowing the facts, you can help stop the spread of misinformation. 

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Be smart. Be safe. Be aware.