Better Business Bureau warns consumers to be wary of scammers exploiting the interests of vulnerable groups during the COVID-19 pandemic.
It wants to share information about scams that will become more common in the coming weeks and months.
With so many businesses closed, thousands of people are now looking for work. So watch out for employment scams that could disguise as great new careers.
Always be alert for positions that do not require special training or permission (false advertising).
Be sure to accept a job search without an interview. Real companies want to talk to candidates before hiring them.
Please note that if the company promises to bring you a huge opportunity or a large amount of income, as long as you pay the cost of coaching, training or certification.
Please note that fraudsters pretend to be government representatives to persuade consumers to provide personal information.
Introduce you to the legal financial assistance program provided by the government to prevent you from being cheated by fake scammers.
Ignore messages that claim to come from the government via social media; these are imposter scams.
Please be careful not to call and ask for your bank information. Scammers call to ask basic questions to see if you are eligible for a grant.
Remember, if you have to pay for something, it's not free. Do not send money by wire transfer or prepaid gift card.
Beware of predatory loan schemes when interest rates are attractive enough to consider or refinance loans.
The BBC reminds consumers that requiring advance payments for loans is illegal in Canada.
Before getting money, you should pay vague fees before canceling any loan offer.
For more tips and information on coronavirus, see COVID-19 page of BBB.