The COVID-19 Scams

Beware of Coronavirus-related scams
Tips to stay safe from scammers

Scammers and hackers may exploit concerns regarding COVID-19 in order to obtain personal information or demand money. Beware of individuals using fraudulent information.

Common scams:

  • Fraudulent texts, emails, social media posts with links for coronavirus information that install malware on a device to steal personal information, including passwords and credit card numbers
  • Fraudulent websites related to the virus outbreak, including fake online stores selling protective wear and household supplies
  • Fraudulent calls, emails, websites seeking charitable donations
  • Communications promoting fraudulent treatment information
  • Calls demanding money for treatment for family members with the virus
  • Fraudulent communications offering investment advice or information on the economic impact of COVID-19
  • Individuals posing as a family member or friend and seeking money for an urgent matter


Helpful tips:

  • Beware of any calls, emails or other communications with “urgent” demands for money or seeking to verify personal information
  • Carefully review any emails or correspondence from organizations seeking charitable donations
    • Make charitable donations directly on the organization’s website
  • Beware of solicitations for money over the phone
  • Never send money to a person you do not recognize or cannot verify their identity
  • Beware of fraudulent emails that appear to be from reputable sources
    • Check URL link (official government publications end in .gov), email addresses and spelling errors
  • Do not download attachments or click on links in unsolicited emails or from unknown senders
  • For updates and new information on COVID-19, the official sources are:

If you believe you have been a victim of a scam, contact your local police department.