As a new pandemic sweeps across the world and consumes headlines across the media, it is important to be knowledgeable of the disease and ways in which malicious individuals may take advantage of those hoping to stay safe.
As is the case for a lot of internet scams, phony emails1 may be used in an attempt to steal personal information or gain access to sensitive files. And with Corvid-19 concerns on the rise, scammers take advantage of fears to trick people when they are the most vulnerable.
Other scams may include products that do not work as purported. With many items tied to protecting the immune system selling out in stores2, poorer or ineffective versions are popping up on the market. The Better Business Bureau3 says to only by from reputable retailers and to corroborate any claims made about a product. They also point out that a site that lacks proper contact info that can be reached easily is probably not a good seller.
The best advice in determining a plan is to listen to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). They are the frontline of this fight and will only release substantiated info that benefits the public. In many cases they can help quell fear by stating realities, but also balance overzealous anxiety with necessary precautions. The Surgeon General4 released a statement saying that hoarding masks and similar items can be detrimental as they are needed more by medical professionals and will not be as effective as a proper hand washing technique. Regardless, items continue to sell out leaving a demand from the medical sector.