Scams Related to COVID-19Keep Calm and Avoid Coronavirus Scams

To learn about other current scams, visit the AARP Scams & Fraud webpage.

Tips to Avoid Being Scammed

  • Don’t respond to texts, emails or calls about checks from the government. The details are still coming together.
  • Ignore online offers for vaccinations and home test kits. There are no products proven to treat or prevent COVID-19 at this time.
  • Hang up on robocalls. Scammers are using illegal robocalls to pitch everything from low-priced health insurance to work-at-home schemes.
  • Watch for emails claiming to be from the CDC or WHO. Use sites like coronavirus.gov and usa.gov/coronavirus to get the latest information. And don’t click on links from sources you don’t know.
  • Do your homework when it comes to donations. Never donate in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money.

Report a Scam

  • Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Complaint Assistant.
  • Attorney General's Elder Hotline. Call the Elder Hotline at (888) AG-ELDER or (888) 243-5337. TTY: (617) 727-4765. Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The hotline is staffed by senior volunteers.
  • AARP Fraud Watch Network Helpline: 877-908-3360. Toll-free service is available Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET.