Tragedy doesn’t just bring out the best in people and scammers are hard at work trying to take advantage of others during the global pandemic.
A scammer is a modern-day thief, whose one goal is to separate a person from their money by either selling a phony product or gaining access to financial accounts. Unfortunately, older people are considered one of the most vulnerable populations to serious complications from this virus, and they are also the most likely to be targeted by these thieves. While people are respecting stay-at-home and distancing guidelines, it may leave older loved ones susceptible to these scams.
Here are some of the common scams currently circulating as people shelter in place to avoid contracting the novel coronavirus:
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has this advice to avoid being scammed:
For additional tips on how to report a scam, visit the FTC website or the IRS website. Or, contact your loved one by phone and provide them the local non-emergency number for the police so that they can report anyone suspicious.
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