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Warning: Coronavirus robocalls on the rise

Posted at 6:00 AM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-14 16:53:42-04

PHOENIX — Medicare offering free virus testing? Social Security suspending payments? The caller blames the coronavirus, but none of it's true.

There are a series of scam calls happening right now. The people on the other end of the call looking to catch you off guard, offering peace of mind when everything else seems up in the air.

The Federal Trade Commission posting examples of the scam calls to their website, like one targeting business owners.

THIS CALL is targeting small businesses, asking them to share information in order to check on a Google listing.

  • Scammers are even putting a twist on the infamous Social Security call.

In THIS CALL, the message claims socials are going to be suspended within 24 hours due to the coronavirus.

Scammers are often targeting our most vulnerable - your parents, your grandparents who may not be as tech savvy or up to date with what's happening surrounding the Coronavirus.

You need to let them know!

Take THIS CALL for example, they are targeting Medicare recipients, offering them a COVID-19 test that doesn't exist.

If you get one of these calls:

  • Hang up!
  • Don't press any buttons - A promise to speak with a live operator may just lead to more scam calls.
  • Consider using a call blocking app or device.
  • Report the call to the FTC HERE.