From Global Pandemic to Con-artist's Carnival: 5 Fraud Scams Hiding Behind The Coronavirus

Updated: Jul 10, 2020

Remember when they said they were going to reopen the economy but instead tried extended our lockdown another two months? After providing us with all the weapons we need to defeat our invisible enemy they decided its best we just stay home. Now all we can do is watch, from home, as a global pandemic runs rampant. With all our attention on stopping the spread fraud has been going almost completely unnoticed.

Internet schemes and scams have been around almost as long as the internet. However this pandemic has not. Making this the perfect opportunity for them to target you and everyone you know. Don't let yourself fall victim to coronavirus scams. The FTC, FCC, WHO and probably every other government agency have issued warnings about how criminals are targeting people.

The Better Business Bureau's Scam Tracker is great resource for up to date reporting on exactly what scammers are up to. Based on their reports, here's 5 coronavirus scams everyone should know about:

Puppy Peddling:

With loneliness and depression on the rise as a result of social distancing, many people have turned to pet adoption. More specifically, dogs. Because all the shelters are closed or by appointment only, the only place to look is the internet. Scammers are aware of this and are using it to their advantage.

The scam begins when the victim responds to a seemingly genuine ad about a puppy available for adoption. The scammer agrees to ship the pup but only after an upfront payment is received. What the payment is for varies. Some victims were told the payment was for the shipping fees, while others were told it was for covid-19 vaccinations (which don't exist) and climate controlled crates. Victims who asked to meet with or pick-up the pup were denied by scammers because of "covid-19 restrictions".

U.S. Emergency Grants Federation: