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Scammers are using the coronavirus to scare people into sharing their personal information. Do not fall for these false claims. Avoid sharing your personal information with anyone you do not know.
Information on the COVID-19 webpages changes frequently and is updated regularly. Check back often for the most up-to-date information.
Review these common coronavirus scams and tips to avoid them.
Avoid sharing your personal or financial information based on panic or fear. There are no miracle cures or approved vaccines at this time. Do not accept financial help from anyone you do not know and trust.
Follow these tips to avoid these claims:
Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. There is no such
thing as a guaranteed return on investment. There are always risks. Do your
homework and ask three questions before making any investment:
A common scam email claims to let you download a coronavirus map. It is
a scam that will download a malicious app or file onto your computer. It pretends
to be the Johns Hopkins dashboard to make viewers think they are getting an
official coronavirus dashboard.
Do NOT download an app to view the dashboard.Credible dashboards
can be viewed through your browser.
To view the official online dashboard with map posted by Johns Hopkins University,
go to: coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html
To view the official online dashboard specific to Oregon, go to: experience.arcgis.com/experience/fff9f83827c5461583cd014fdf4587de
Fraudsters are posing as OSHA compliance officers and attempt to issue thousands of dollars in fines and demand immediate cash payments. That is not how Oregon OSHA operates. Keep these things in mind:
For more information about Oregon OSHA workplace guidance and resources related to the COVID-19 outbreak, visit https://osha.oregon.gov/Pages/re/covid-19.aspx.
Fake mobile banking apps install malware that steals your bank or credit union information and personal information.
Fake contact tracers send texts or emails to consumers who may have been in contact with someone with COVID-19. The fake tracers tell consumers to open a link that installs malware to steal their personal information from their device. Fake tracers may call you to try to steal your personal information.
Fraudsters can use your Social Security number to file bogus unemployment claims in your name.
A more than 15 percent price increase on essential items, like milk or eggs, is probably gouging. Report the retailer at www.oregonconsumer.gov.
There are many fake online companies promising low-cost sanitizing products or high-quality masks.
Scammers pose as the IRS to get your banking information and put a fake deposit of an amount more than the stimulus payment in your bank or credit union account. Then, they tell you they overpaid you and you must send the “excess” money back to them. After you send them the money, your bank or credit union realizes the original deposit was fake, and you are out the money you sent the scammer. Remember:
Many scammers are posing as the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Social Security Administration, or the IRS. They threaten consumers with legal action if consumers do not give them personal information. Federal government agencies will not call you like that. They will send you an official letter in the U.S. mail when they need to communicate with you.
Scammers are using phony pet adoptions to solicit money online. These scams may involve upfront fees or require advanced payment. Use these tips to avoid being a victim of a pet adoption scam:
To learn more about pet adoption scams, visit the AARP Pet scams resource page.
Rental scams are nothing new, but physical distancing has provided scammers with the opportunity to request an online payment while avoiding meeting in person. Scammers can even hack the lock box on a property and provide the victim with a self-guided tour of a unit that is unavailable.
To learn more about avoiding rental scams, visit the the Federal Trade Commission's rental scams resource page.
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