COLUMBIA, Mo (KMIZ)
The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers about scammers trying to take advantage of fears over COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus.
The BBB said consumers should be on the lookout for fake cures, phony prevention measures and other coronavirus cons.
One claim the BBB said it received includes an email that purports the government has discovered a vaccine but is keeping it secret for 'security reasons.' Currently, there are no U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved vaccines or drugs to prevent coronavirus, although treatments are in development.
Another scam email tries to con people into donating to a fake fundraising effort, claiming to be a government program to help develop a coronavirus vaccine.
Here are some ways you can spot a fraudulent health product by watching out for these red flags:
- Don't panic, do your research: Be skeptical of conspiracy theory claims and don't rush into buying anything that seems too good.
- Be wary of personal testimonials and "miracle" product claims
- "All-natural": Just because it's natural doesn't mean it's good for you. All-natural does not mean it's safe.
- Check with your doctor: If you're tempted to buy an unproven product, check with your doctor or other health care professionals first.