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Coronavirus Related Scams

Rising concerns about the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in the rise of coronavirus-related scams as criminals seek to take advantage of the fears of the public. Scammers seek not only to make a profit through exploiting public health issues, but through spreading misinformation and creating confusion. The Inspection Service wants you to remain vigilant and equipped with knowledge and good practices to protect yourself and your family from emerging and constantly evolving scams and fraud.

Justice begins with you. Be sure to report any incidents of scams or mail fraud – especially those related to coronavirus/COVID-19, including government stimulus payments – to the Inspection Service here.

For updated information and developments about coronavirus/COVID-19, please follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). You may also get more information about how the federal government is responding to coronavirus at usa.gov.

Protect Yourself from Coronavirus Related Scams

  • Be aware of charity scams

    Only contribute to established organizations.

  • Don't click on links in emails

    Never click on links in emails from sources you don’t know, especially those that claim to be from Centers for Disease Control (CDC) or World Health Organization (WHO).

  • There currently is no cure or treatment

    Be wary of offers for vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, or other products that claim to cure or treat Coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • Don't give out financial information

    Don’t give your financial information or personal information to anyone you don’t know and don’t trust.

  • Resist pressure tactics

    Don’t be pressured into making immediate financial decisions.

  • Know who you can trust

    Consult with a trusted friend or family member before making a payment.

Have You Witnessed This Scam?

If you’ve encountered a phony coronavirus scam, and the U.S. Mail® has been used in any way, we want to help. Please report the crime.

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