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COVID-19 Frauds and Scams
Mar 31, 2020

COVID-19 Frauds and Scams To Be Aware Of

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) is warning Canadians to be vigilant when trying to take precautions against COVID-19. Fraudsters want to profit from consumer’s fears, uncertainties and misinformation.

Some of the scams reported by the CAFC include:

  • Cleaning or heating companies promising to clean ducts or install air filters to protect against COVID-19
  • Power companies threatening to disconnect your power for non-payment
  • The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention or the World Health Organization offering to sell lists of those known to be infected in your area
  • The Public Health Agency of Canada indicating that you have tested positive for COVID-19 and attempting to trick you into providing your health card number and credit card number for a prescription
  • The Red Cross and other charities offering free medical products, such as masks, in return for a donation
  • Government agencies or departments asking for personal information or tricking you into opening malicious email attachments
  • Financial advisors pressuring you into investing in ‘hot new stocks’ related to COVID-19
  • Banks or Financial advisors offering loans to assist you through this crisis
  • Door-to-door salespeople offering decontamination services
  • Private companies offering fast tests for COVID-19 (only hospitals can perform tests!)
  • Private companies offering bulk buying on protective supplies that are in high demand
  • Charities requesting donations/money for victims, products and research

Scam Prevention:

  • Do NOT give out your personal information
  • Do your research to know who you are dealing with
  • Get referrals, recommendations and opinions before you act
  • Encourage discussions with family and/or friends when making large or unusual purchases or money exchanges
  • Share information and experiences with others regarding Frauds & Scams


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