Beware of scammers looking to take advantage during the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • Criminals are disguising themselves as representatives from the World Health Organization (WHO) trying to steal money or sensitive information. WHO’s only call for donations is the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund found at www.who.int/donate. Any other fund appearing to be from WHO is a scam.
  • Watch out for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), or the World Health Organization (WHO) or other “experts” saying that they have information about the virus. Always refer to www.CDC.gov and www.who.int for trusted information.
  • Ignore online offers for vaccinations. Only trust the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or World Health Organization (WHO) websites for medical breakthrough information.
  • Be alert to so-called COVID-19 “cure” and “vaccination” stocks that promise to make you lots of money. Do your homework before making any decisions. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is a good place to start.
  • Did you know Michigan protects consumers against price gauging for many items such as hand sanitizer, face masks and cleaning supplies? Report a retailer that has raised their prices to excessive levels to Michigan’s Attorney General.

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