Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding the Coronavirus.
Avoid Coronavirus Scams
- Don’t respond to texts, emails or calls about checks from the government. The details are still coming together.
- Ignore online offers for vaccinations and home test kits. There are no products proven to treat or prevent COVID-19 at this time.
- Hang up on robocalls. Scammers are using illegal robocalls to pitch everything from low-priced health insurance to work-at-home schemes.
- Watch for emails claiming to be from the CDC or WHO. Use sites like coronavirus.gov and usa.gov/coronavirus to get the latest information. And don’t click on links from sources you don’t know.
- Do your homework when it comes to donations. Never donate in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money.
What the FTC is Doing
The FTC and FDA have jointly issued warning letters to seven sellers of unapproved and misbranded products, claiming they can treat or prevent the Coronavirus. The companies’ products include teas, essential oils, and colloidal silver.
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- How to Spot, Avoid and Report Coronavirus Scams
- Add local contacts, like your state Attorney General, and state and local health departments. Then share it in your community.
- Bookmark this site (ftc.gov/coronavirus) to check back for updates.
- Subscribe to alerts for consumers and businesses to keep up with the latest scams.
- Like our FTC Facebook page.
- Follow @FTC for the latest tweets from the FTC.
The FTC says the companies have no evidence to back up their claims — as required by law. The FDA says there are no approved vaccines, drugs or investigational products currently available to treat or prevent the virus. Read more about the warning letters.
Law Enforcement Actions
- FTC Warns Nine VoIP Service Providers and Other Companies against ‘Assisting and Facilitating’ Illegal Coronavirus-related Telemarketing Calls
- FTC, FDA Send Warning Letters to Seven Companies about Unsupported Claims that Products Can Treat or Prevent Coronavirus
- Scammers are using COVID-19 messages to scam people
- Remote learning and children’s privacy
- Coronavirus checks: flattening the scam curve
- Avoiding SSA scams during COVID-19
- Avoid scams while finding help during quarantine
- The FTC keeps attacking robocalls
- Grandparent scams in the age of Coronavirus
- Small businesses: Where to go for financial relief information
- While you’re at home, spot the scams
- Want to get your Coronavirus relief check? Scammers do too.
- 60 and over in the time of COVID-19? Read on
- Socially distancing from COVID-19 robocall scams
- Thinking critically about Coronavirus news and information
- Seven Coronavirus scams targeting your business
- Now more than ever, spot the scams with #FTCScamBingo
- FTC: Coronavirus scams, Part 2
- Online security tips for working from home
- Checks from the government
- FTC & FDA: Warnings sent to sellers of scam Coronavirus treatments
- Coronavirus: Scammers follow the headlines
- FTC, FDA warn companies making Coronavirus claims
Scammy Calls About the Coronavirus
- Fake tests for Medicare recipients
- Free test kit scam
- Sanitation supplies
- Health insurance pitches
- Mortgage scam
- Social Security Administration scam
- Small business listing scam
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Other FTC Activities
Learn more about the agency’s response to the Coronavirus, including how the agency is addressing competition matters.
Social Media Shareables
Link to ftc.gov/coronavirus for the FTC’s most up-to-date information about Coronavirus scams.
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- What the U.S. Government is Doing
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
Resources in other languages
- 코로나바이러스 관련 사기를 발견, 예방 및 신고하는 방법 (How to spot, stop and report Coronavirus Scams)
- 코로나바이러스: 사기범들은 뉴스를 이용합니다 (Coronavirus: Scammers follow the headlines)
- FTC 및 FDA: 사기성 코로나바이러스 치료제 판매자에 경고 (FTC & FDA: Warnings sent to sellers of scam Coronavirus treatments)
- Paano Makikita, Maiiwasan at Iuulat ang mga Coronavirus Scam (How to spot, stop and report Coronavirus Scams)
- Coronavirus: Sinusubaybayan ng mga scammer ang mga balita (Coronavirus: Scammers follow the headlines)
- FTC at FDA: Nagpadala ng mga babala sa mga nagbebenta ng mga mapanlinlang na paggagamot sa Coronavirus (FTC & FDA: Warnings sent to sellers of scam Coronavirus treatments)
- 如何确认、 避免和报告新型冠状病毒诈骗 (How to spot, stop and report Coronavirus Scams)
- 新型冠状病毒：诈骗集团利用头条新闻 (Coronavirus: Scammers follow the headlines)
- FTC 与 FDA: 警告假冒治疗新型冠状病毒的卖家 (FTC & FDA: Warnings sent to sellers of scam Coronavirus treatments)
- 如何發現、 避免和舉報新型冠狀病毒騙局 (How to spot, stop and report Coronavirus Scams)
- 新型冠狀病毒：詐騙集團利用頭條新聞 (Coronavirus: Scammers follow the headlines)
- FTC 與 FDA: 警告假冒治療新型冠狀病毒的賣家 (FTC & FDA: Warnings sent to sellers of scam Coronavirus treatments)
- Cách phát hiện, tránh và báo cáo các hành vi lừa đảo liên quan đến vi-rút Corona (How to spot, stop and report Coronavirus Scams)
- Vi-rút Corona: Những kẻ lừa đảo lợi dụng tin tức nổi bật Coronavirus: Scammers follow the headlines)
- FTC & FDA: Cảnh cáo gửi đến những người bán hàng phương pháp điều trị Vi-rút Corona lừa đảo (FTC & FDA: Warnings sent to sellers of scam Coronavirus treatments)
Report a Complaint
If you come across any suspicious claims, report them to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint.