Better Business Bureau warns people to be wary of Coronavirus scam

By on May 21, 2020

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is once again warning people about scammers looking to take advantage of the coronavirus pandemic.

The latest scheme is where people receive a robocall or are directed to websites that appear to belong to a clinic or supply company that are offering COVID-19 tests. According to the BBB, the tests offered by the scammers sometimes promise to not only show if you have the virus, but they can also tell if you had it previously.

In order to get the test, the recipients are asked by the scammer to complete a form and, possibly, enter credit card information.

The BBB explains these tests, which might never even come, are not FDA-approved and will not give accurate results. No matter if it’s sent or not, the scammer will have the recipient’s personal information, and, in some cases, money.

In some cases, the test involves an easy at-home testing kit. Other times, the tests are allegedly offered through a clinic. Oftentimes, the scammer will be vague on details about the test. The BBB states they won’t provide information on how the test works, where it is sourced, and what laboratory will process it.

The BBB advises these 10 steps to avoid scams:

  1. Never send money to someone you have never met face-to-face.
  2. Avoid clicking on links or opening attachments in unsolicited emails.
  3. Don’t believe everything you see.
  4. Double check your online purchase is secure before checking out.
  5. Use extreme caution when dealing with anyone you’ve met online.
  6. Never share personally identifiable information.
  7. Resist the pressure to act immediately.
  8. Use secure and traceable transactions.
  9. Whenever possible, work with local businesses.
  10. Be cautious about what you share on social media.