It is our mission at Theodoros & Rooth to raise awareness to our many clients and friends with information about the current health crisis.
As you know, we are in an unprecedented situation with the worldwide coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Far too many people are living in fear and are suffering.
To make matters worse, there has been a rapid rise in the number of scanners and cyber-criminals out there who are trying to take advantage of your concerns related to COVID-19. They may offer you fake products, medical advice, create fake charities, or compel you to click a fraudulent link to gain access to your device.
The bogus drug and medical advice, especially, is causing extreme concern on the part of the attorneys at Theodoros & Rooth. A main part of our practice has always been to protect our community and neighbors for those causing harm to otherwise innocent citizens through their irresponsible behavior.
Here are some ways you might protect yourself:
- Don’t click on links from sources you don’t know. They could contain harmful malware and viruses. https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/how-recognize-and-avoid-phishing-scams
- Watch for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or experts saying they have information about the virus. For the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
- Ignore online offers for vaccinations. There currently are no vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, or other prescription or over-the-counter products available to treat or cure Coronavirus/COVID-19.
- Do your homework when it comes to donations, whether through charities or crowdfunding sites. Don’t let anyone rush you into making a donation. If someone that you don’t personally know asks for donations in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money, be extra careful and do some research before donating.
Likewise, the Better Business Bureau and the Indiana Attorney General’s office has issued alerts be wary of scams related to coronavirus. This criminal behavior includes false claims for medicines and vaccines that are supposedly effective. The scammers subsequently ask for personal financial information such as credit cards and other accounts.
There is more information on the websites for the BBB and the Indiana Attorney General.
The entire Theodoros & Rooth team will continue to be available to you throughout this crisis. With extra care and good faith on the part of all of us, we shall be victorious by working together.