✴️PROTECT YOURSELF & BE AWARE of COVID-19 Frauds & Scams✴️
Because of who you are & what we are, we want to help you. Members of the BOAA have reached out as they have recently been affected by frauds & scams such as the ones below. We urge you to protect yourself and be aware of:
🚫Random lottery giveaways for COVID-19 – or any links associated with “winnings”
🚫Spoofed government, healthcare or research information
🚫Unsolicited calls, emails and texts giving medical advice or requesting urgent action or payment
🚫Unauthorized or fraudulent charities requesting money for victims, products or research – don’t be pressured into making a donation & always verify that a charity is registered
🚫High-priced or low-quality products purchased in bulk by consumers and resold for profit – these items may be expired and/or dangerous to your health
🚫Questionable offers, such as: miracle cures, herbal remedies, vaccinations, faster testing
🚫Fake and deceptive online ads, including: cleaning products, hand sanitizers, other items in high demand
🚫Cleaning and heating companies offering duct cleaning services or air filters to protect from COVID-19.
🚫Local and provincial hydro/electrical power companies threatening to disconnect your power for non-payment.
🚫Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, or the World Health Organization, offering fake lists for sale of COVID-19 infected people in your neighbourhood.
🚫Public Health Agency of Canada giving false results saying you have been tested positive for COVID-19 and/or tricking people into confirming health card/credit card numbers for a prescription.
🚫Red Cross (and other known charities) offering free medical products, like masks, for a donation.
🚫Government departments sending out COVID-19 themed phishing emails, tricking you into opening malicious attachments and/or revealing sensitive personal and financial details.
🚫Financial advisors pressuring people to invest in hot new stocks related to COVID-19 and/or offering financial aid/loads to help you get through the shut downs.
🚫Door-to-door sales people selling household decontamination services.
🚫Private companies selling fast COVID-19 tests and fraudulent products that claim to treat or prevent the virus.
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