Scammers are taking advantage of fears around the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Be alert for fake websites that sell bogus products, phishing emails pretending to be from the World Health Organization (WHO) or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and emails and social media posts related to awareness and prevention tips or donations for victims. A few tips to stay safe include:
Go directly to reliable sources, such as the CDC or WHO website, for information.
Verify emails are legitimate before clicking links or opening attachments.
Ignore online offers for vaccinations, prevention, or treatments.
Only donate to reputable, known charities and research charities and crowdfunding sites before donating.