Scams related to the tragedy of Sars-CoV-2 are absolutely disgusting, but nefarious people will go out of their way to rip every last penny out of the pockets of those suffering.
When it comes to relevant information about Covid19, the best place to get legitimate and real information is from the NZ Government site located at https://covid19.govt.nz
Here are a few types of scams, and possible ways to keep yourself safe.
Common types of Coronavirus scams
Phishing emails and phone calls impersonating entities. These include the World Health Organisation, government authorities, people confirmed to have the coronavirus, and legitimate businesses such as travel agents and telecommunications companies
People receiving misinformation about the coronavirus, being sent by text, social media and email
Products claiming to be a vaccine or cure for the coronavirus
Investment scams claiming coronavirus has created opportunities
How to protect yourself
Be aware of fraudulent emails claiming to be from experts saying that they have information about the virus. For the most up-to-date information about the coronavirus, visit the Department of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Be careful of fake online shopping sites requesting unusual payment methods such as upfront payment via money order, wire transfer, international funds transfer, preloaded card or electronic currency, like Bitcoin.
To detect a fake trader or social media online shopping scam is, search for reviews before purchasing. No vaccine or cure presently exists for the coronavirus.
Dont let anyone pressure you to make quick decisions. Take your time and consider who you are dealing with.
Dont click on links from sources you dont know. They could download viruses onto your computer or device.
Dont open attachments or click on links in emails, text messages or social media messages youve received from strangers. Just press delete.
Never respond to unsolicited messages and calls that ask for personal or financial details â€” just press delete or hang up.
Always keep your computer security up to date with anti-virus and anti-spyware software, and a good firewall. Only buy computer and anti-virus software from a reputable source.
If you are planning to donate, do your research. If you are donating to crowdfunding requests, check the terms and conditions of funding platforms and ensure you are dealing with official organisations.