Law enforcement officials are seeing increased efforts by scammers looking to take advantage of the novel coronavirus pandemic to prey on U.S. consumers, according to the FBI and other agencies.
The Federal Communications Commission in the past week has sought to raise awareness by releasing several examples of spam calls that have circulated since the virus spread in the U.S.
“If you want to receive a free testing kit delivered overnight to your home, press 1,” a voice on one of the calls says. “Protect your loved ones from the coronavirus.”
Another example showed a suspected scammer trying to advertise a cleaning service that purported to eliminate the virus from the air in Americans’ homes.