LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford is warning Nevadans of scammers looking to take advantage of fear surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) to sell fake products or steal your money or personal information.
Scammers may use text messaging, social media posts/direct messaging and emails to promote these scams.
Nevadans should be aware of fraudulent posts offering advice on unproven treatments, or sending harmful attachments and links. Scammers may also use crowdfunding websites to promote their false information in an effort to look more legitimate. Consumers should also be on the lookout for bogus products claiming to cure or prevent the virus.
“Nevadans should be assured that your leaders and healthcare providers are working hard every day to keep you safe and healthy,” said AG Ford. “In addition to the hygiene precautions Nevadans are encouraged to take, my office reminds you to be cautious of scammers trying to capitalize on your uncertainty. Learn how to protect yourself with these tips and look to my office as a resource.”
As with other phishing scams, AG Ford and his Bureau of Consumer Protection offer the following tips to protect your personal information and pockets:
- Avoid clicking on links in emails or messages from people you don’t know. These links might download a virus, or redirect to a site that was created to steal your personal information. Make sure your anti-virus software is up to date;
- Be wary of emails and posts claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or other experts. Up to date information will be provided on the CDC [cdc.gov] and World Health Organization [who.int] (WHO) websites;
- Be cautious of online promotions for vaccines, treatments, or cures for coronavirus. If there were a medical breakthrough, it would not be advertised for the first time through a sales pitch; and
- Conduct research before donating to charities or crowdfunding websites. Do not be rushed into making a donation. Be particularly on guard for those asking for donations through wire transfer, gift card or exclusively cash.
To report any scams or suspicious activity call 888.434.9989 or file a complaint at AG.NV.GOV.
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