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During the Coronavirus outbreak, many people are working from home — and maybe even, for the first time in a long time, answering calls from unfamiliar phone numbers. It might be your colleague’s cell phone…or it might be a robocaller or scammer. So here’s a way you can spot some of those scam calls you might be getting. And it’s a way to spread the word to help protect others in your community.

Use the #FTCScamBingo card to check off the scammers you spotted, along with the steps you took to stop them. Scams related to the Coronavirus are growing. Some scammers are promising that you can refinance your mortgage or get student loan debt forgiveness – for a fee, of course. You might spot phishing scams, where scammers try to get your Social Security number (SSN) or financial info – maybe to guarantee you access to a COVID-19 vaccine (remember: there’s still no vaccine, so definitely no access). They might say they’re from Medicare (they’re not) with a health kit, from the CDC (again, not) with a vaccine kit, or the Social Security Administration (nope), telling you there’s a problem with your SSN (there’s not). And some scammers might even still be running some of their go-to favorites: tech support, utilities, or lower-your-interest-rate scams.

Want to avoid and help warn others about scams like these? Print out or save this bingo card. Share it on social media (#FTCScamBingo) and ask your friends to play along. Then, as you take a step to avoid a scam, or you spot one of these scams (or write in your own), mark it off. When you have bingo, share it with the FTC on Facebook (@FederalTradeCommission) or Twitter (@FTC). You’ll be helping the FTC – and others – know what’s going on.

Even if you don’t play bingo, please report scams to the Federal Trade Commission at ftc.gov/complaint. Learn more about Coronavirus scams at ftc.gov/Coronavirus.

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Good luvk keep safe

My mum's number (she's 81yo) has gotten so many Covid-19 related calls and texts (many targeting Chase customers), it's truly frightening to think how many people are receiving similar calls/texts and are likely to fall for those SCAMS, because of the seemingly reasonable offers to refinance, get loans, register for government relief funds, etc. , and the recent Letters about SS Benefit Disruption is one of the few SCAMS I was concerned my mum might fall for, Thankfully the Inspector General's warning gave me a heads up to warn her... Thanks for helping Me & other Consumers stay in the know!

I have been haunted every day with these calls I can not be five how many I have gotten from ss, tech support,best buy, lower intrest, gonna deduct $299.00 to 499.00 from your account. This is really a shame and I am a senior. Believe me I am to the point I do not want to answer the phone. I am signed up on the Do not call list, that does not stop them. All I do is hang up!

Too bad you didn’t have a program that we could trace calls back to the originator?

I'm using Firefox as my web browser and although I could open this page, I could not enter a new scam in the "fill in your own" box in the bingo. Please fix this.

thank you will definitely pass this on to seniors,chambers and friends

I sent this to our adult children then posted it on FB. We have nomorobo, so those are easy to count as the phone rings once. We don't answer calls, but we can mark those that leave messages. I get messages on the cell in Chinese.

I just opened a scam mystery shopper letter today! Complete with a $1000 postal money order, to DEPOSIT in my bank... my job, go to any retail store, buy 2 Nike gift cards $500 & $350, scratch off the the silver area of cards, photograph them and email pun bestt@ .. I can keep the $150! How do we catch these crooks and who do I contact to investigate? This is the 2nd scam in a week! First one was to let them put Dr Pepper decals on my truck and they’d pay me $500/wk! All I had to do was DEPOSIT a $3250 check into my bank acct.!! Stay sharp folks and NEVER deposit a check from someone you don’t know, no matter how professional it may look! Once you do, they have all your banking acct numbers and will drain you dry!!

You can give the letter and fake postal money order to your local post office, to pass on to a postal inspector. 

Some of the scammers seem to know my name, obviously from some mailing list, and beg me for money for various "charities" and they MUST think that, because I'm over 70, I must be stupid or gullible! Age does not equate to stupidity, forgetfulness or other infirmities of age, though I know many seniors do fall for the scammers tricks.
The "Hi Grandma" calls have been starting up again, the minute I Hear "Hi Grandma, it's me..." reply "You idiot!" and hang up.

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