Tuesday, October 3, 2023

From coronavirus miracle cures to ‘Trump Dollars,’ these scammers will stop at nothing

(WYDaily file/Courtesy of Unsplash)
(WYDaily file/Courtesy of Unsplash)

WYDaily has collaborated with AARP to raise awareness about scams people need to watch out for.

Even in times like these when the nation and world are dealing with a deadly pandemic, there are still those who would stop at nothing to earn your trust and eventually get your money.

Scammers are doing what they always do – using headlines as opportunities to steal money or sensitive personal information and COVID-19 is no exception.

The AARP Fraud Watch Network has received reports of door to door, telephone, email, and ad scams offering everything from testing kits to miracle cures to “Trump dollars.”

Rely on entities that you know and trust for information on the coronavirus.

If you are online, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the World Health Organization websites.

For updates on scams the federal government is tracking, visit here.

Pay attention to information from your state and local governments and seek to verify the source (all government sites and emails in the U.S. end in .gov).

AARP is holding a weekly Tele Town hall to bring the experts to you with the latest information, and to answer your questions. Click here for more information.

Visit the AARP Fraud Watch Network by clicking here or call the AARP Fraud Watch Network Helpline at 877-908-3360 to report a scam or get help if you’ve fallen victim.


John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzohttp://wydaily.com
John Mangalonzo (john@localdailymedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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