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Scammers are experts at shifting tactics and changing their messages to catch you off guard. This is especially true as they take advantage of anxieties related to the Coronavirus. Here’s a quick alert about some current government imposter scams using COVID-19 that are popping up on our radar.

Medicare scams

Scammers might call to offer things like a “COVID-19 kit,” “Coronavirus package,” or Medicare benefits related to the virus. But they’ll ask you to verify personal information like your bank account, Social Security, or Medicare numbers. If you get a call from someone who says they’re a Medicare representative and they ask for this information, hang up. It’s a scam, not Medicare calling. Report it to the FTC at

To hear what one scammy Medicare call sounds like, listen to this:

Medicare Scams sound like this

Relief payment messages from “government agencies”

The FTC is getting a lot of reports about fraudulent calls, texts, and emails coming from people pretending to be from the Social Security Administration, IRS, Census, USCIS and the FDIC. These fake government messages might say that you’re approved for money, can get quick relief payments, or get cash grants due to the Coronavirus. Scammers might also promise you small business loans, or send a (phishing) alert that a check is ready to be picked up. These are all scams, and none of those messages come from a government agency.

If you respond to these calls or messages, they might ask you for money, personal information, or both. Don’t give it. And remember that the surest sign of a scam is anyone who asks you to send cash, pay with a gift card, wire money, or pay with cryptocurrency.

Stay on top of all types of imposter scams by visiting, and sign up for the FTC’s Consumer Alerts to get the latest on all kinds of scams.


I HAVE BEEN (( SCAM )) FROM (( 2017 /// UP TOO (( NOW ))
HAVE (( REPORTED )) IT TOO (( THE (( F,,B,,I.. AND ... F,,,T,,,C,,,
AND (( WAS )) TOLD )) (( THEY ARE (( WORKING ON IT // ))
UP (( ON )) IT )) (( FOR )) //// (( ME )) //// THANK"S AGAIN ////

Good afternoon

I am Colombian and I reside in Colombia, a few weeks ago I was contacted by email for having a LINKEDIN ​​account, notifying me by MICROSOFT CORPORATION and the MICROSOFT FOUNDATION, where they told me that I had been one of the winners or beneficiaries of a sum of $ 168,214.00 US dollars as aid funds by COVID19, which will send certain bank account details for said transfer. After presenting these data, I have been informed that the United States IRS has blocked the transfer, which supposedly went to 90% of the transfer, for the non-payment of a certain tax for not being a resident or US citizen, for which I should pay the sum of $ 1,682.14 dollars, and as I have informed the people who write to me posing as entrepreneurs of MICROSOFT CORPORATION and the MICROSOFT FOUNDATION, who do not have those resources, they notified me that in that case for non-payment, said aid funds by COVID19 raffled by the MICROSOFT FOUNDATION will be given to local charities.

It seems to me the limit that they use the private accounts of LINKEDIN ​​for such acts of scam, and even worse to use the name of the renowned and very prestigious MICROSFOT CORPORATION COMPANY and said FOUNDATION, to defraud citizens not only Americans but foreigners.

I appreciate the publication of this message, so that other people do not fall for this type of scam.

Thank you.

I have received 2 emails in the last day, that were scams trying to get your personal information, by claiming to be related to the COVID-19 situation. Is there a place that we should be contacting or forwarding these scams to?

Yes, please report those to The information you give will go into a secure database that the FTC and other law enforcement agencies use for investigations. Thank you.

I'm not doing this can you to remove spam when there's nothing wrong my phone you've got to be kidding I'm not paying you a nickel do what you may

I got a message from a fb friend that my name is on a list for Covid 19 government grant he has been messaging me and has possible took money from me

I got the same messages saying they would send me 50000 if I put 300$ on a gift card then they would deliver my money

Go on Instagram cause I promise I know of at least 3000 scammer profiles

I saw this post on Facebook which I knew it was a scam but went along with most of it it's the post where you post cash on the comments below so I did they ASKED how much you need the sum of $400-$5000 they said it's government money so I said $5000 I got an email with the $5000 but you had to pay $200 clearance fee I told them I'm alset I'm not falling for your Scam they don't tell you You've gotta pay a clearance fee and second of all how is anyone getting access t government money

I received this email.
I was almost jumping thinking its reality. the truth is we all need financial support but only to found out its just a SCAM heart breaking I can only trust Jesus...

Cowdray House Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE
Tel: +44(0)7574977396


We are pleased to announce to you the result of the World Health Organization international live sms grant held this July 2020. Your mobile telephone number was attached to ticket number: On behalf of the entire Convid 19 relief palliative team, we wish to congratulate all the sponsors, partners especially Telecom for providing the Mobile Directories for the Relief Programme. Every participant was selected randomly from the computer ballot system.

The World Health Organization in collaboration with its Parent Organization United Nations Economic and Social Council looked at the coronavirus pandemic damage on the world economy and decided to help individuals and companies to bounce back to their respective businesses. While basking in the euphoria of this achievement, we wish to seize this opportunity to acquaint you with guidelines that must be followed in order to complete this claim. On our part, we have a mandate to see you through. We will work assiduously to realize this mandate as we respect your views, opinions and most importantly protect your privacy.

Please, kindly provide us with the following information for verification of your prize and production of your prize certificate;

Full name.......................... ..............
Full address....................... ...................
Age........................... .....................
Sex........................... .....................
Nationality.............. ........................
Home Telephone #...........................
Mobile Telephone #..........................
Occupation................. .....................

We will immediately start the process to facilitate your funds release as soon as you send the required details. For security reasons, you are advised to keep your Winning information confidential until your grant is processed and remitted to you. Any form of double claim Will lead to disqualification.

Once again congratulations from members and staff of world Health organization

Is this true or a scam?

Always watch for misspelled words and bad grammar. They are a good indication of coming from foreign entities. Government missives generally do a spell and grammar check. Also, if you noticed, they called it a Relief Programme. That is the British spelling of Programme which India, Middle Eastern countries, etc, generally learn when they learn English. No American is going to spell it with that "e" on the end. The best rule of thumb is, if you're unsure, check it out. I never click on whatever link they provide. I go to the source, be it Microsoft, a bank, or PayPal. Go to the actual website of the agency/company they say they're from. Also, the IRS and other government entities don't want to be paid in gift cards. They want cash. What use would they have for Walmart gift cards?

Randy Roumillat <randy43222122@
Tue, 11 Aug at 01:04
Yahoo/Microsoft Covid-19 Award Fund 2020
NO 125 Shaftesbury Ave London WC2H8AY United Kingdom.
Yahoo/Microsoft Management Team wishes to inform you that YOU HAVE BEEN SELECTED TO BENEFIT FROM YAHOO/MICROSOFT COVID-19 AWARD FUND of Nine Hundred, Forty Thousand Great Britain Pounds (£940,000,00.) for 2020 Yahoo/Microsoft Covid 19 Award Fund which was organized by YAHOO Oath/MICROSOFT MANAGEMENT TEAM today Friday, 24th July 2020 to help people fight one of world Worst pandemic in History since we become the best free e-mail provider worldwide.
YAHOO Oath/MICROSOFT Brand INC collected all the email addresses of people that are active online, among over 2 billion-plus global users that subscribed to Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail/outlook and few from other e-mail providers. Four e-mail addresses were selected today Friday, 24th July 2020 to benefit from this Yahoo/Microsoft Covid 19 Award Fund 2020 and your e-mail address has been selected today 24th July 2020 via Computer Random Selection System as one of the top Four lucky Beneficiary for 2020 Yahoo/Microsoft Covid 19 Award Fund program.
All Beneficiaries shall be paid by our paying Bank {Standard Chartered Bank UK} through BANK TRANSFER. Your Yahoo/Microsoft Covid 19 Award Fund of {£235,000} Two Hundred and Thirty-Five Thousand Great Britain Pounds must be claimed as soon as possible. Any prize not claimed within this period shall be forfeited. Stated below are your Yahoo Covid 19 Award Fund 2020 identification Ref: PLEASE DONATE TO YOUR COMMUNITY.
Identification Ref: COVID-19-YUK/89650021-N04-OF-4/235,000/2020

You are requested to contact our Yahoo/Microsoft Covid 19 Award Fund 2020 MANAGER IN UK, Dr Alen Raymond through his below contact details and submit your Identification Ref, Nationality, Contact Address, Telephone Number ,Occupation and Age to him.
E-mail: dralenr1969@
E-mail: dralenr1969@
Office Tel: +448451 322693

You are advised to send the below information to Dr Alen Raymond through his above e-mail to facilitate the release of your COVID-19 AWARD FUND to you immediately.

1. Nationality/ Country of Residence
2. Contact Address
3. Telephone Number
4. Age
5. Occupation
Yours in service,
David Filo & Jerry Yang
Co-founders and Chief Yahoo.
Keep your COVID-19 AWARD FUND Identification Ref: confidential within you until your COVID-19 AWARD FUND are successfully transferred to you to avoid disqualification that may arise due to double claiming.
You may also receive similar e-mails from people portraying to be Yahoo, this is solely to collect your personal information and lay fake claims. In event that you receive any e-mail similar to the COVID-19 AWARD FUND notification letter that was sent to you today, kindly delete it from your mailbox and give no further correspondence to such person or body.
Yahoo shall not be held responsible for any loss of fund arising from the above mentioned and any COVID-19 AWARD FUND notification that was not from David Filo & Jerry Yang (Co-founders and Chief Yahoo) and signed by Yahoo mail Board of Directors will be cancelled.
Signed By: Yahoo/Microsoft Board of Directors:
David Filo & Jerry Yang Co-Founder & Chief Yahoo,Albert Song VP of design,Sandy Gould SVP Global Talent Acquisition, Chris Hunter General Manager,Randy Roumillat CIO Corporate Systems,JJ Healy VP Corp Dev,Shirin Oskooi Senior Director of Product Management,Marc Saltzman Contributes.
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Just received a message on my messenger Facebook using one of my friends profile using them to act as if they just received _50000 from an agency and you will receive the money within 24: hoif s. They are even going as far as to say they will pay part of the fee. I called them on it. I asked a personal question that only the true person could answer. They even said to call the mom as they are with their grandparents. The individuas mother passed. About 6 miss ago. Be careful they are very convincing at first. But they will end up getting caught if you know that individual well. Ask questions before sending any information or money

How about someone saying you could win for a covet relief funds for $450,000 you have to send all kinds of information Bank information and they will bring you your check directly from FedEx

Just received this email:

This email is to notify you that you have received a COVID-19 ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER GRANT from THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY powered by VISA and MASTER CARD for Individuals, Businesses, Private Non-profits, Homeowners and Renters.

Click on the Get Started button bellow to calculate and claim your grant. This will only take 5mins of your time.

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This Lydia Ebeling on Facebook is preaching a pch covid 19 census bonus thing you get real money right . What is real money Monopoly money maybe

my daughter in manila just minutes ago received a notification
that goes this way: "I contacted you COVID 19 RELIEF FUND TO ALL SENIOR CITIZENS. CONTACT THE ADMINISTRATOR this a scam?....Thanks a lot

Scammers are also using Facebook messenger


I have been getting a message that I have won 1 crore 33 lakh cash price from WHO covid solidarity response relief fund and they are asking my bank account no and IFSC code and bank branch will it be scam

I received this text today:
“ Hello, welcome to the Federal Government COVID-19 Grant Relief dept, You are one of the lucky winners who won the sum of $64,000. Your Name & Contact was drawn electronically and picked randomly you don't need to pay to get your winning. Kindly contact STEVEN WALKER in charge (901) 410-4514”

Received this text message...
"CLAIM YOUR COVID-19 RELIEF BONUS FUNDS This is an opportunity for you to be among the people who will benefit from the extra pandemic relief bonus set up by president Joe Biden with a sum of $2000 every week as pandemic relief bonus 

Contact agent James Marcel for more info on 209-226-9928 about the procedures to follow..

Congratulations as your number was randomly selected among the 600 people that are eligible for the funds!!"
Darn sure its a scam!

There was someone who was texting my grandma about getting money and stuff and I knew it wasn’t real. I messaged them myself and they got an attitude with me bad because I called them out

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