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Learn More About COVID-19 Related Scams
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, fraud is on the rise.  Scammers are taking advantage of the situation and developing new ways to prey on consumers.  One of the best ways to protect yourself is to stay informed.  Beware of the COVID-19 related scams listed below.

  • Fraudulent Unemployment Claims & Scams

    As part of a national scheme, identity thieves have used stolen personal information to file fraudulent unemployment claims with the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA). If you believe someone has applied for unemployment benefits using your personal information, call the DUA customer service department at 877-626-6800 or visit Mass.Gov to learn how to report the fraud and what to do to protect yourself.  

    Be wary of calls, texts, and emails from individuals that claim to represent the DUA and offer to assist with filing for benefits. These are attempts to obtain a filing fee and/or personal information. Avoid these scams, use the official DUA site to apply for unemployment benefits.

  • IRS Imposter Scams
    Taxpayers should be on the lookout for Internal Revenue Service (IRS) impersonation calls, texts, and email phishing attempts. The IRS has issued warnings about coronavirus imposter scams related to stimulus checks, overdue payments, filing extensions, and other tax-related topics. These scams can lead to tax-related fraud and identity theft.
  • Bogus COVID-19 Products
    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration have posted consumer warnings about fake websites and phishing emails used to promote bogus COVID-19 products. For advice on how to avoid coronavirus-related scams, visit the FTC's resource page.
  • Charity Donation Requests
    Do your research, don't rush into making a donation. Some scammers use names that sound a lot like the names of real charities. One reason it pays to do some research before giving. The FTC offers tips to help you plan your donation and avoid scams.
  • Text, Robocalls, and Email Phishing Scams
    Be wary of text messages, phone calls, and emails from the Center for Disease Control, World Health Organizations (WHO), US Department of Health, or other government or health-related organizations that ask for account information or money. Do not click on any links related to the virus. For the latest COVID-19 Consumer Warnings and Safety Tips, visit the Federal Communications Center.
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