Coronavirus Scams: What to Look Out For

As the Coronavirus continues to spread nationwide, it’s a matter of time before scammers try to take advantage of Richland County citizens in the middle of this pandemic.

Below are potential scams to be on the look out for:

  • People are going door-to-door, claiming to be with the Red Cross or law enforcement, and offering at-home tests of the Coronavirus. Though there are at-home tests being produced, they are not being administered by any official; people interested in at-home tests have to purchase them.
  • People offering decontamination of homes; there is no need to decontaminate your home from this virus. Make prudent choices when coming home, such as washing hands, changing clothes and/or showering before greeting anyone.
  • A California Congresswoman has shared through social media that she received a scam message offering her free iPhones to help people isolated at home.
  • Be wary of people offering to deliver groceries for you at home. Instead, take advantage of grocery stores, such as Publix and Kroger, that already offer to deliver groceries for clients if ordered from their website.
  •  At this point, there are no over-the-counter products available to the public that can treat or prevent the Coronavirus.
  • Don’t click on links from unknown sources. There are lots of phishing scams out there, from scammers looking to steal private information off your computer.

If you or anyone you know has fallen victim to a scam, please do not hesitate to call at at 803-576-3000.

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