Common scams related to the Coronavirus video

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Video transcript

The world looks different these days. We are all at home more. And we are all online more.

And unfortunately, so are the scammers.

Some people see the current situation as an opportunity…a way to capitalize on fear, on worry and even on optimism.

Do a little research before you download anything to your computer -such as tools to help you work remotely. 
These links may be malware.

Be wary of purchasing any product claiming to "cure" coronavirus. You may lose money, or you may be asked to provide sensitive data.
When there's a vaccine, a reputable government organization will announce it, such as the Centers for Disease Control.

Look out for claims of perfect investments or anything else with a guaranteed return.

These scams typically are trying to get you to share your bank account information.

While older adults tend to be more at risk, especially now as they are more isolated than ever before, ultimately bad guys don't care who you are.

Be extra vigilant with fishy phone calls and email solicitations asking for personal or sensitive information.

Often, a second look is all it takes to keep yourself safe. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

And be sure to check in and share knowledge with those you love.

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