Watch out for coronavirus scammers

People in Minnesota are being warned to be extra vigilant as scam callers are likely to ramp up their activity over the next few weeks to take advantage of increasing amounts of people being at home due to the current coronavirus outbreak.

CPR Call Blocker, a call blocking device, is predicting that scammers and fraudsters will be ready to strike and take advantage of the situation as more states go into lockdown, forcing people to stay at home, and is warning people in Minnesota to be on their guard for a rise in bogus calls.

In a bid to beat the scammers who are likely to take advantage of this extraordinary situation, the company has compiled the top five active scams that people in Minnesota should watch out for over the next few weeks as the coronavirus situation unfolds:

Fake test kits scam – someone may call claiming to offer free coronavirus testing kits and will ask you for your personal information and health insurance details. A common version of this scam targets diabetic individuals that are higher risk, where a scam caller will offer both a free coronavirus test kit and a free diabetic monitor.

FDIC scam – scam-callers posing as employees from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation will ask you for sensitive information, such as your social security number and bank account information, over the phone as a precondition to receive federal money. Remember the FDIC would never make unsolicited phone calls asking for personal information and money, and especially would not put pressure on you or threaten you.

Charity scam – you may get a call from someone claiming to be....

To see more on this story pick up the April 2, 2020 print edition of The New Prague Times. 

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