The FDA has NOT approved a cure for the virus.
Infowars host asked to stop claiming product kills coronaviruses.
More than 500,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases are being reported globally.
Law enforcement agencies warning Americans to watch for scammers.
(NewsReady.com) – The coronavirus is spreading across the United States at an alarming rate. As of March 27, over 102,000 people have tested positive for the virus. Included in that number are over 1,500 deaths. There’s no doubt many Americans are frightened right now — and that fear may leave them vulnerable to scammers and opportunists.
Schemer Goes to Jail
The FBI and other law enforcement agencies are cracking down on COVID-19 schemes targeting Americans. Through their investigations, federal agents learned of a 53-year-old California man who claimed he’d developed a “patent-pending cure.” Lawrence Middlebrook told investors that his company could make injectable and oral medications that would kill the virus in infected people. It was a lie.
Middlebrook tried to give an undercover agent some pills and told them a $300,000 investment would yield a $30 million return. Like magic! The FBI placed him under arrest on March 25, charging him with fraud.
Radio Host Told to Stop
New York State Attorney General Letitia James told Infowars Host Alex Jones to stop claiming toothpaste he sells can kill coronavirus. The media figure claimed colloidal silver-infused toothpaste kills all the viruses in the “SARAS-corona family.”
Jones added a disclaimer to his website saying the toothpaste is not a cure for any disease.
Stimulus Check Scam
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently warned consumers about a stimulus check scheme. According to the agency, people are receiving robocalls asking folks to verify their bank information or other personal details so they could have their stimulus funds released.
The federal government will never call you about these checks. The IRS has your direct deposit information already, that’s how you’ll receive money. For people without bank accounts, there will be another way to get their money, details haven’t been released yet.
Free Virus Test Kits
The FCC said scammers may call diabetics and offer free diabetic monitors and coronavirus test kits. The caller wants to get the consumer’s bank or health insurance information.
The government is not just randomly giving people test kits. There are strict criteria that someone must meet before doctors will swab them.
Of course, as with any national emergency, there are the price gougers. Amazon recently announced the suspension of 3,900 accounts. The company removed over half a million overpriced products from their stores.
Be Smart and Beware
There’s always going to be a person who wants to take advantage of a scary situation. To protect yourself from scammers, make sure you never give your personal information over the phone. Investigate any charities you would like to donate money for relief efforts.
Most importantly, remember: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
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