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SCAM ALERT - AA County Police Advise of coronavirus (COVID-19) Scams

20 Mar 2020 12:41 PM | Jerry Nicklow (Administrator)

The PBA received this information from the Police Department:

Some of the scams I’ve seen across the country thus far are:

  • Cellphone apps providing a COVID-19 tracking map. Running in the background of these apps is a customized version of SpyMax which allows control of your phone’s information. Information suggests as many as 30 of these fraudulent apps have been identified.
  • Phishing emails and phone calls impersonating entities such as the World Health Organization and government authorities.
  • Misinformation being sent via text, social media and emails.
  • Products claiming to be a vaccine or cure for COVID-19.
  • Claims that you can reserve COVID-19 vaccine and get ahead of others.
  • Investment scams claiming COVID-19 has created financial opportunities.
  • Shopping sites readily offering products you know are nearly impossible to get.
  • Calls claiming to represent the federal government's proposed stimulus package. 
  • Persons in lab coats offering to perform COVID-19 testing door to door.
  • The American Red Cross is not offering home tests.
  • And no you don't need to buy COVID-19 software to protect your computer from the virus

  Protect yourself...

  • Don’t let anyone pressure you into making any decisions.
  • Don’t click on internet sources you don’t know.
  • Never respond to unsolicited emails, text messages or social media messages from strangers. Immediately delete them.
  • If you plan to make any donations make sure you know the charity and assure your donation is going to its intended cause.

Pasadena Business Association
P.O. Box 861, Pasadena, MD 21123-0861 | Phone: 410-360-4PBA | Fax: 410-544-7060 | pasadenabusinessassociation1@verizon.net 

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