Beware of Scam calls, Text messages on COVID-19 Outbreak

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) launched web page with coronavirus fraud safety tips.

Scammers out to make a quick buck during the coronavirus pandemic are using robocalls to tout bogus cures and fake test kits, the federal government warns. The illicit conduct — which also includes text messaging — has bad actors preying on people’s fears while anxiety over COVID-19 is high.

With a jump in scam phone calls and texts during the pandemic, the government has launched a web page with safety tips for consumers. The site, fcc.gov/covid-scams, was created by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

The FCC says it receives consumer complaints and monitors news reports and consumer alerts from other federal government agencies.

“We’re tracking scams and sharing information to arm consumers about how impostors use spoofing and other tactics to steal their money and their identity,” says Patrick Webre, chief of the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau. With caller ID spoofing, bad actors disguise the actual phone number used to place the call and substitute a number that is not theirs.

The FCC urges people to check its COVID-19 Consumer Warnings and Safety Tips web page for updates as new scams surface.

For more about scam calls and texts, visit the FCC Consumer Help Center and the FCC Scam Glossary. You also may file a complaint about such scams at fcc.gov/complaints.