The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) continues its work protecting consumers, providing guidance to businesses, and protecting competition in the marketplace throughout the pandemic. The FTC has already gotten over 13,000 complaints, over $9.5 million in fraud loss related to Coronavirus.
An educated public can stop a scammer in his tracks.
The FTC protects consumers and competition by preventing anticompetitive, deceptive, and unfair business practices through law enforcement, advocacy, and education without unduly burdening legitimate business activity. Complaints should be reported to www.ftc.gov/complaint
Any legitimate development will show up on legitimate websites (CDC, WHO, NIH, hospitals, etc.) and news sources, not in an email, text, door-to-door, snail mail, or a tent with suited up folks offering tests for a fee.
FDA & FTC have already sent warning letters to makers of teas, essential oils and colloidal silver who are claiming these products help prevent Covid-19, there is no evidence to back up any such claims. Warning letters usually stop the scam, if not FDA will intercede, make them pull the product.
Scammers usually operate to create fear or sense of urgency. Don’t click on any links from sources you don’t know-stick with trusted sites. Scammers are looking to get your personal information, your money, or they’re out to install malware on your computer.