The whole world has been battling one of the most significant pandemics ever in the last year and a half. The fight against the Coronavirus is still ongoing, and no one can predict with certainty how much more of our struggle with this situation awaits.
Given that COVID-19 is still a very current topic, it is no wonder that the Internet has been flooded with a massive number of fraudulent sites related to it. Cybercriminals are also exploiting the epidemiological situation and the general fear of humanity in order to steal their personal data, identity, or even money.
The incomplete Coronavirus related websites that appear online most commonly represent fake companies, as with the Texas Medical Technology site and its Chief Executive Officer Omri Shafran.
With all this in mind, it is imperative to know that you recognize scams and fake sites that promise a lot, but in fact, do not fulfil anything. Here are the most common scams.
Bogus Cures and Vaccine Claims
There are many red flags regarding numerous vaccine claims and bogus cures. It’s no secret that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) refers that consumers should be aware of the vaccine scam signs:
- Numerous advertisements for vaccines in social media posts, websites, phone calls, or emails
- Requests that you need to pay out of pocket in order to receive a shot
- Many marketers who are offering to sell or ship doses
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the FTC have sent a significant number of warnings to scam companies that were selling unapproved products they claim to everyone that can prevent or even cure Coronavirus.
Fake Antivirus Therapies and Products
Given that the current situation is ideal for various “quacks” and self-proclaimed healers, bordering on serious crime, it is no wonder that a considerable number of fake companies have appeared offering various “healing therapies and products”.
So you will come across various “latest disinfectants, sanitary masks, various therapies of dubious origin. Besides that, there are cannabinol, essential oils, intravenous vitamin-C therapies, and colloidal silver that are represented as antiviral treatments across clinics, websites, television shows, and social media.
However, almost none of them are accurate and effective. Therefore, it is always important to double-check the source from which you order anything.
Con Artists that Issue Fake Covid-19 Antibody Tests
Besides fake vaccine claims and fake antivirus therapies, con artists also issue fraudulent Covid-19 antibody tests with stealing personal information from victims, which they intend to use in health insurance scams or identity theft.
As we have mentioned above, numerous scammers are claimed to offer or sell preventative or protective products. For that reason, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have managed to set up a legitimate website with information on Coronavirus phone scams.
From all the above, it is clear that we all have to be very careful on the Internet. Cybercrime flourishes when it comes to anything that has to do with Kovid. While there is no one-size-fits-all way to defend yourself against scammers, it may be best to learn how to recognize them. Prevention is often the best solution. Good luck!