The current global pandemic has allowed for a myriad of scams. For example, people are overcharging for cleaning supplies on amazon or craigslist. What used to be a $10 bottle of 409 cleaning spray is now $75+ on certain websites. Since there is much anxiety about staying healthy and keeping everything clean, people are willing to pay for products. Before you go online, talk to neighbors, family, or friends, and see if they have extra supplies.
Covid-19 Pseudo-Science Cures
Naturally, people want instant gratification as well as easy fixes. Recently there was a surge of Colloidal Silver selling based on its being broadcast for being a cure to COVID-19, which it is not. At the time of writing this, there are no current cures based on the CDC. Getting information from reliable sources is a must. The CDC is providing news, not noise consistently about this virus.
Americans were given a $1,200 stimulus check from the government during this difficult time. Since matters are getting worse as the economy started to open back up, we might see another stimulus check being sent out. With that being said, this is a perfect time for criminals to latch onto vulnerable people. These scams would generally be received through a phishing email or a phone call of someone pretending to be a government representative or your bank. The conversations seem legitimate and attempt to steal your credit card information or login details.
Unfortunately, charity scams happen to people who are only trying to do good. During every crisis like Hurricane Katrina, 9/11, Covid-19, and now this social movement, there are scams. It is crucial that you read the underlying terms and conditions of the organizations you donate to. There are tools to ensure that a charity is reliable such as the IRS Tax- Exempt Organization Search Tool. If something doesn't look right with a charity, then it probably isn't. You can always request information from the company itself, such as a cost analysis or mission statement. Social media is a great tool when it comes to charities and authentic reviews.
Work from Home Scams
Since the virus has put many people out of work, there has been work from home scams. Many of these have to do with "get rich quick" that seem very promising to those desperately looking to work. Dig deeper and do some research, try to find the business owner or manager's name, and use search engines like using sites like GladiKnow (gladiknow.com), a person search platform to provide background checks.
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