Coronavirus (COVID-19) Scam Alert

Posted on 03/23/20

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Scammers are doing what they always do – using headlines as opportunities to steal money or sensitive personal information and COVID-19 is no exception. The AARP Fraud Watch Network has received reports of door to door, telephone, email, and ad scams offering everything from testing kits to miracle cures to “Trump dollars.”

Rely on entities that you know and trust for information on COVID-19. If you are online, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov or the World Health Organization at www.who.int. For updates on scams the federal government is tracking, visit www.ftc.gov/coronavirus. Pay heed to information from your state and local governments, and seek to verify the source (all government sites and emails in the US end in .gov). AARP is holding a weekly TeleTown hall to bring the experts to you with the latest information, and to answer your questions. Visit www.aarp.org/coronavirus for more information.

Be a fraud fighter! If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam.

Report scams to local law enforcement. For help from AARP, call 1-877-908-3360 or visit the AARP Fraud Watch Network at www.aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork.

This story is provided by AARP Kansas. Visit the AARP Kansas page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.

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You can find CDC’s latest coronavirus information at cdc.gov/coronavirus; AARP information and resources are at aarp.org/coronavirus. En español, visite aarp.org/elcoronavirus.

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