The numbers are staggering. The Federal Trade Commission says coronavirus-related scams have cost Americans $13.4 million so far this year. Google blocks more than 100 million phishing emails every day as criminals try to steal money and personal information. About 18 million of them are coronavirus-related.
Scam websites pose as the real thing, collecting personal data and credit card numbers. With over 40,000 domain names using the word “coronavirus,” you have to be on alert.
Scam calls are getting more convincing, too. In the last year alone, Americans were swindled out of $19.7 billion over the phone. That number will only increase with new COVID-19 tricks up scammers’ sleeves. Tap or click for tips on protecting yourself from these con artists.