Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Scams

Health centers should be aware of the below scams related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Fraud Schemes Guidance Alert

As managing COVID-19 becomes part of the daily operations at health centers, procuring supplies and services related to patient treatment and response will increase. This notice is meant to bring awareness to potential fraudulent schemes that could arise during this time and assist health centers with the information they need to know to remain vigilant. Categories of scams include, but are not limited to, cyber and telemarketing fraud, high-demand product scams and price gouging, and fraud perpetrated by simulating government or other organizations. Learn more.

Fraudulent Testing Kits

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants the public to be aware that it is seeing unauthorized fraudulent test kits marketed to test for COVID-19 in the home.

The FDA has not yet authorized any test that is available to purchase for testing yourself at home for COVID-19.

Fraudulent health claims, tests, and products can pose serious health risks. Report any fraudulent test kits to the FDA here.

Read the full press release from the FDA.

Fake Coronavirus Map with Malware

A malicious website pretending to be the live map for Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins University is circulating on the internet waiting for unwitting internet users to visit the website. Visiting the website infects the user with the AZORult trojan, an information stealing program which can exfiltrate a variety of sensitive data. It is likely being spread via infected email attachments, malicious online advertisements, and social engineering. Furthermore, anyone searching the internet for a Coronavirus map could unwittingly navigate to this malicious website.