The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that coronavirus fraud activities have reached the $ 23.3 million band. Consumers should be careful in this regard.
How is coronavirus fraud done?
As the coronavirus epidemic causes panic all over the world, consumers can act unconsciously and hastily in this period. This concern made it easier for fraudsters to use the crisis for their own benefit.
According to information shared by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the bill for fraudulent activities with coronavirus has reached $ 23.3 million. The number of applicants reached 15 thousand, stating that they were defrauded to the FTC.
FTC especially states that fraud is done via phone, internet and SMS. It is among the most common fraud activities that the masks sold on the internet are not delivered to users.
In addition, many sites opened under the name of information and medical equipment collection in this period collect personal data of users.
FTC states that by calling by phone, these people were told that they were infected with coronavirus and that requests for payment in return were among the most common fraudulent activities. In addition, users can be trapped by SMS.