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Paying attention to COVID-related scams

Published: Jan. 6, 2022 at 4:15 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 6, 2022 at 10:27 PM CST
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - With COVID-19 cases rising across the state, the Better Business Bureau Serving Central and South Alabama wants to remind you to be aware of potential COVID-19 related scams.

“Since tests are in high demand, scammers may try to cash in on that in a variety of ways,“ said Alex Derencz, Communications Manager for the BBB Serving Central and South Alabama. “This is a great reminder that scammers package a variety of scams with COVID-19 as the wrapping paper.”

Officials say remember these tips to avoid falling victim to COVID-19 scams.

  • Talk to your healthcare provider when it comes to finding a test or vaccine.
  • Research before you buy.
  • Guard your personal information like the valuable commodity it is.
  • Be a healthy skeptic.
  • Go directly to the source.

“Just because you pay for it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to get it. So when you do your due diligence that is one of the things that you need to do. Please do you due diligence,” Derencz says.

If you have fallen victim to a recent scam, you can report it here.

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