Whenever there is a health crisis, scammers quickly find ways to cheat people out of money. During the coronavirus pandemic, scammers are using robocalls, social media posts, and emails to take advantage of fear, anxiety, and confusion about COVID-19. Criminals are selling things that don’t work, charging money for things that are free, and stealing personal information.
A RED FLAG is a warning sign or signal that something might be a scam. Look out for these red flags to protect yourself, your family, and community from coronavirus scams.
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If the manufacturer’s name is on this list, stop using it immediately:
For the latest information, check the FDA’s Methanol Contaminated Products List. If your product is on this list, stop using it immediately. Double check all hand sanitizer
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Always consult a doctor or other licensed healthcare provider before taking any medicine or health product. For help finding healthcare, call 2-1-1 or visit the 211 website.
Scammers are offering to help with errands and running off with your money.
Scammers are using the COVID-19 pandemic to try to steal insurance numbers, personal information, and money. If anyone contacts you asking for your insurance number, Social Security number, or other personal information in exchange for something, it’s most likely a scam.
Older adults are especially vulnerable because scammers take advantage of their loneliness, ease of trust, savings, and challenges with technology. Senior Living explains the latest COVID-19 scams aimed at older adults and offers some ideas about how to prevent them, as well as tips for senior-friendly technology. The California’s Department of Aging has information on many issues faced by older Californians including warnings about scams. You can also sign up for Fraud Watch emails from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).
Remember, government agencies will:
Check information from your health insurance company, Medi-Cal, or Medicare for signs of billing fraud. Review your explanation of benefits, claims statements, and summary notices for any services that you don’t recognize.
Here are a few more tips to prevent Medicare fraud.
There have been many reports of COVID-19 scams involving Social Security.
Visit the Social Security Administration’s website for updates about coronavirus scams.
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