What to Do If You've Been Targeted by a COVID Scam

Pandemic-related scams are spreading almost as fast as the virus itself.

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In the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, COVID-related scams are spreading almost as fast as the virus itself. From fake vaccine offers to robocalls and phony fundraisers, losses from coronavirus-related fraud and identity theft have reached nearly $100 million since March.

Have you been the victim of a COVID scam? Here's what you need to do.

Cut off their access to you
If the fraudster obtained access to your computer, cut off any access they have via remote connection apps by removing those apps. If you're unsure, disconnect from the internet and turn off the computer.


Secure your accounts
Change any and all passwords that can be traced from that computer. And notify the organizations you have those accounts with as soon as possible.

Protect your money
Let your bank know as well so they can keep a careful eye out for any unauthorized transactions on your accounts.

Tell the authorities
Report the scam to the Federal Trade Commission here.

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