Corona Virus Scam Alert

During every crisis, unscrupulous individuals will attempt to rob you.

Posted Mar 25, 2020 | Reviewed by Kaja Perina

During every crisis, unscrupulous individuals surface taking advantage of the situation to enrich themselves.  The Covid-19 pandemic is no exception.  We must remain particularly vigilant to observe and report these scams before serious harm can be done.

An example of some of these scams include but are not limited to:

Individuals and businesses selling fake cures for Covid-19, whether online or offline.

Phishing emails from entities posing as the World Health Organization or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Malicious websites and apps that appear to share coronavirus – related information to gain and lock access to your devices until payment is received.

Medical providers obtaining patient information for covid-19 testing and them using that information to fraudulently bill for other tests and procedures.

Seeking donations fraudulently for illegitimate or nonexistent charitable organization.

Account takeover frauds.  Having money sent to new accounts not previously utilized for the purpose of stealing funds. 

We have seen fraudulent attempts to offer nonexistent corporate jobs to unsuspecting candidates in an attempt to steal their money and personal identification.  

With the proposed cash payments to individuals financially harmed by this virus we expect an explosion of fraud cases involving this program.

The US Department of Justice has established a telephone number and website to report these crimes.  Call the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) at 1-866-720-5721 or email the NCDF at