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Scammers target loved ones of COVID-19 victims

Seena Gressin
Government imposters may have hit a new low with a scheme that targets the grieving survivors of people who died of COVID-19 by offering them help paying for their loved one’s funeral expenses. A real
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Ignore bogus COVID vaccine survey

Colleen Tressler
Scammers are using a new trick to steal your money and personal information: a bogus COVID vaccine survey. People across the country are reporting getting emails and texts out of the blue, asking them
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Spotting scammy emails

Emily Wu
Let’s say you get an email about a charge to your credit card for something you aren’t expecting or don’t want. Your first instinct may be to immediately call the company or respond to the email and
Consumer Alert

Fa-la-la-la fake

Carol Kando-Pineda
On the 5th day of Consumer Protection, you get an email or text message that’s supposedly from UPS or FedEx, complete with one of their logos — and it seems legit. It says your item is ready to ship
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Heard about the “waiting package” phishing scam?

Ari Lazarus
Phishing scams can be hard to spot. For example, we’ve been hearing about one where people get a text message saying that there’s a package waiting for them, and asking them to click a link to learn
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Fake emails about fake money from a fake COVID-19 fund

Shameka L. Walker
Because of COVID-19, unemployment rates are high and many people’s cash flows are low. Scammers view these as ripe conditions to strike. They’ll stop at nothing — not even a pandemic — to trick you
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COVID-19 scams targeting college students

Ari Lazarus
Hey college students: even though you’re likely far from campus, scammers are still trying to find you. Maybe you or your friends have gotten an email claiming to be from the “Financial Department” of