Scammers preying on COVID-19 pandemic anxiety: Better Business Bureau
The Canadian Red Cross has issued a warning about fraudulent text messages about face masks that claim to be from the organization (@redcrosscanada)
CALGARY -- Uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a rise in unscrupulous attempts to capitalize on public fears, according to the Better Business Bureau.
The BBB has issued a warning and is asking the public to be cautious in order to reduce the likelihood of falling victim to a scam.
Prevalent scams that have been reported include:
- The sale of fraudulent COVID-19-related 'miracle' health products
- Phishing emails impersonating the World Health Organization that prompt the recipient to download malicious software
- Fake charities claiming to be a government program raising funds for the development of a vaccine
- Scam websites claiming to be selling face masks
To protect yourself from making a purchase from a phony online store, the BBB encourages customers to:
- Buy from reputable stores and websites
- Ensure the company is legitimate by verifying it has a street address and a working customer service phone number
Anyone who spots a scam is encouraged to report it to the BBB's ScamTracker
The Canadian Red Cross has issued a warning about text messages that claim to be from the organization.