Coronavirus Scams Run Rampant

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody has issued a new Consumer Alert about scams related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While many of us have heard about the one involving the phoney CDC workers showing up at doors, offering "free" Coronavirus testing, a new one involves a text message.

Over the weekend, Moody says, reports emerged of texts asking people to click on a link to claim a $1,000 payment, apparently connected to a federal stimulus package. She says the link likely contains malware and urges you to never click on any links in unsolicited messages.

The U. S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General is also reporting a scam involving fraudsters calling older Americans and offering to mail them "free" COVID-19 test kits.

The scammers claim all they need from the senior to send the free kit is the target’s Medicare number.

Moody's office says never provide health information, or any other personal information, in response to an unsolicited phone call.

These are just a few of the latest scams emerging as the COVID-19 virus continues to spread. Floridians should be reminded that if an offer seems too good to be true, then it is probably a scam.

Photo: Florida Attorney General's Office

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