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With everyone desperate for relief these days, according to the Federal Trade Commission, scamming has increased. Do not fall victim to the following Coronavirus scams;

  1. The Federal Government or the Internal Revenue Service is not going to call you or text you or email you for personal information for your tax rebate of $1200 or $2400. You do not need to sign up for the personal stimulus checks. The United States Government is using the information on your tax return.
  2. Ignore phone calls and text messages about utility rebates. These also don’t exist. Contact your utility company for a deferment if it has not already been given.
  3. Ignore online offers for test kits or vaccines. The same goes for phone calls, emails and texts as well as door to door salesmen. They don’t exist as of yet and probably not any time soon.
  4. The website for the Small Business administration is SBA.GOV. It is not or smallbusinessloan or anything similar offering you stimulus loans.
  5. The Center for Disease Control and The World Health Organization is not seeking your personal information. Be careful of phishing emails that appear to be from them.
  6. Blue Cross and Blue Shield reported a similar phishing email where scammers are requesting information under the belief that Blue Cross Blue Shield is providing testing kits to its members. They are not. Nor are any other health insurance companies emailing or calling with this offer.
  7. Right now, there are not medicinal teas or herbal supplements that specifically will guard against the coronavirus. Be wary of advertisements regarding them. Even on Amazon.
  8. Social Security is not suspending payments. Do not respond to scammers offering additional help.
  9. Be wary of work at home scams. These are on the rise again. Do not send money to get a job.
  10. Another one the FTC has reported is on the rise again: Microsoft and Apple do not call you or email you to tell you have computer problems and need your login information.