OHIO, USA — Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is warning Ohioans about the potential for online and in-person scams taking advantage of coronavirus fears.
“COVID-19 is not the only thing we have to protect ourselves against,” Yost said in a press release, referring to the rise in scams as an "outbreak" itself.
Yost offered a list of tips to help Ohians stay on their toes to avoid scammers.
Here's what you can do to protect yourself:
- Ignore online advertisements for cures or vaccinations. The Federal Trade Commission reports that there aren't any treatments or cures for the coronavirus yet.
- Be wary of emails claiming to offer advice from the Centers of Disease Control. They have a full set of resources on their website.
- Some emails may even try to ask for your personal information. If the emails claim to be from a bank or lender, call the organization.
- If you find someone going door to door offering treatment or temperature readings in exchange for personal info, call the police
- And, as always, avoid and suspicious pop-ups, downloads, links or email attachments.