Helping you avoid COVID‑19 online scams
Recently, there’s been a significant rise in online scams related to COVID‑19. We're providing these tips to help you spot and avoid these scams, so you can stay safer online.
Common types of scams
Falsely representing health organizations
Scammers posing as health authorities, such as the WHO or CDC, may offer cures, tests or other COVID‑19 information.
Websites selling fraudulent products
Sites might offer hand sanitizer, face masks or other in-demand products that never arrive.
Posing as government sources
Some scams claim to issue updates and payments on behalf of the IRS or local government tax authority.
Fraudulent financial offers
Scammers may pose as banks, investors or debt collectors, with offers designed to steal financial information.
Fake nonprofit donation requests
Requests for COVID‑19 donations to nonprofits, hospitals or other organizations should be checked carefully.