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Spotted a Coronavirus Scam? Tell your friends. Then tell the FTC: #OlderAmericansMonth

During this past year, the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout have reminded us how important it is to help each other through difficult times. In May, as we celebrate Older Americans Month, remember that one of the best ways to help your friends and family is to pass on what you know about how to spot and avoid Coronavirus-related scams. 

Here are some things to share:

For more tips to share with your community, visit Pass It On and subscribe to Consumer Alerts. And if you spot a scam, report it at

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May 13, 2021
If you get a call saying they're fromm social security and you owe money. Ask them to tell you what your s.s. # is suddenly you don't owe anything!! Also if offered a grant keep in mind, you're never offered a grant, you have to apply for one!! Just say NO!!
May 13, 2021

In reply to by Lynette65

What if someone also asks you what you pin number is to your debit card
FTC Staff
May 17, 2021

In reply to by Glennavineyard1972

You might use your PIN when you buy things with your debit card, or use your debit card at an ATM.

If someone you don't know asks for your PIN, they might be trying to get money from your bank account.

May 14, 2021
Caution, Caution, applies in every Era. Times change scammers remain the same .
May 14, 2021
I've received calls from unfamiliar telephone numbers which I don't answer, from scam callers peddling vaccines. Not answering these calls seems to frustrate scammers comically as they've tried every which way to get me to respond to any of their fake solicitations, even misrepresenting themselves as government agencies. It really pays for the discerning not to believe the hype regarding virtually any area.
May 15, 2021
Blocking robocalls is impossible if you still use a flip phone, which many older people still use. What is the FTC doing to go after the scammers and the businesses that obviously are scamming when they are able to disguise their true phone numbers?