Osoyoos Times Staff
British Columbians are becoming targets of fraudsters who want to profit from consumer fear and want to protect themselves from COVID-19 (coronary virus) . Anti-Fraud Center (CAFC).
RCMP said in a press release that the CAFC reported that scammers are setting up websites to sell counterfeit products and using fake emails, text and social media posts as a means to trick you into money and obtain your personal information.
Emails and posts may be promoting awareness and prevention tips, as well as false information about cases in your community. They may also ask you to donate to victims, provide unproven treatment advice, provide protective gear or testing tools, or fake home disinfection services.
There is currently no vaccine or drug approved for the treatment or prevention of COVID-19. Current predictions of highly effective vaccines available to the general public are months away and will be communicated through legitimate government and health authorities.
Some examples of COVID-19 fraud and facts include:
Fraud – Fast-selling COVID-19 test
Facts – Only hospitals can test, no other tests are true or There is no guarantee of providing accurate results
Fraud – On-site lawyers provide forged decontamination services
Facts – . Follow the instructions of the Provincial Health Department to decontaminate your home and reduce your personal risk.
Fraud- Pretenders posing as police officers have been imposed on-site fines on consumers wearing masks, claiming that wearing masks in public places violates the full veil law
Facts- It is illegal to wear a mask for health reasons
Fra ud – . Fraudster urges you to invest in popular new stocks related to the virus.
Facts- You should only buy stocks from reputable sources and banking institutions.
Fraud – Scammers use public fear of Covid-19
to send email, text or online campaigns, do not respond to unsolicited email, text or phone. Do not click on any links or provide any information about yourself. If you have any questions about the origin of the email, make sure to check the identity of the sender. If you receive a suspicious call, hang up.
Fraud -Fraudsters are making fraudulent emails and deceptive online advertising products: cleaning products, hand sanitizers, and other products in high demand.
Facts- Purchased from a company or individual known by reputation or previous experience. Before checking out, make sure you are still on a reputable website and have not been redirected to a third-party page. Beware of distant or sellers with limited or no reviews. Use credit cards when shopping online; many provide protection and may give you a refund. Check your credit card statement regularly for recurring or unknown charges.
How to protect yourself
Find the latest legal information:
Contact your insurance provider to answer any health insurance questions
Beware of higher or lower quality insurance products  Beware of unsolicited medical consultation emails or text with links or attachments
Fraudsters may use
to deceive which means they look like the source of the email or by using Identification information for government and medical institutions to make the text legal.
Beware of unauthorized or fraudulent charities asking for money for victims or research
What to do if you are a victim of a scam
- What to do if you lose money or valuables, or provide With your personal information, please contact your local police.
- If you have been contacted without losing anything or providing personal information, please online to the heCanadian Anti-Fraud Center