Beware of phone, internet scams on virus

Apr 1, 2020 | Around Ottawa County | 0 comments

Bad news can become even worse news for people suffering through the explosion of the coronavirus pandemic. Scammers are always eager to use a new tactic to rob people of their money, where it’s tricking them into making a donation, downloading a virus or stealing personal information, says Director Fred Petersen of the Ottawa County Ottawa County Emergency Management Agency.

Internet users should never click on links from sources they don’t know. They could unwittingly download viruses onto their computer, device or cellular telephone.

Watch for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), or calls or emails from so-called experts saying they have information about the virus. For the most up-to-date information about the coronavirus, visit CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Ignore online offers for vaccinations. There currently are no vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, lozenges or other prescription or over-the-counter products available online or in stores that has the best chance of treating or curing coronavirus, there is no simple answer.

None of them work and some can be life-threatening.

Do your homework when it comes to donations, whether through charities or crowdfunding sites. Don’t let anyone rush you into making a donation. If someone wants donations in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money, do not do it.

For updates to potential COVID-19 scams check in with the Federal Trade Commission: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/coronavirus-scams-what-ftc-doing

For additional information on the Ottawa County response to COVID-19, contact Petersen of the Ottawa County Ottawa County Emergency Management Agency at 419-734-6900.

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