Coronavirus Scams

FEMA Coronavirus Rumor Control

Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding coronavirus. They’re setting up websites to sell bogus products, and using fake emails, texts and social media posts as a ruse to take your money and get your personal information. They are forging emails mentioning the outbreak that appear to be from business partners or public institutions to try to get users to open the messages, unleashing malware.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Federal Drug Administration (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.

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.

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