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Scammers Cause 50,000 Complaints


JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — If you get a text message saying you’ve come into contact with someone who’s tested positive for COVID-19, it’s a scam. The Federal Trade Commission has gotten more than 20,000 complaints from all 50 states related to coronavirus; almost half of them are from consumers who say they’ve lost money, on average about $560 per reported scam. Scams include text messages and robocalls offering testing kits, bogus treatments and financial relief or claiming to be from government agencies; others instruct people to stock up on supplies. Now that stimulus checks are in the mail, scammers are trying to get their hands on that money and your personal information. The FTC, FBI and Federal Communications Commission all list common scams on their websites so if you receive a suspicious text, email or phone call, check if it’s already been reported.

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