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Cuyahoga County officials warn residents against cornavirus scams

Consumer alert!
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CUYAHOGA COUNTY, Ohio — Officials in Cuyahoga County are warning residents about new coronavirus scams. 

The County is encouraging residents to be vigilant when it comes to emails, subject lines, links, texts, calls and other forms of communication containing coronavirus or COVID-19.

IT professionals have already reported detecting " malware-lade COVID-19 spam."

The Federal Trade Commission and Food and Drug Administration has also issued letters to companies offering teas, oils and silver as preventive products without any evidence they work. 

To avoid scams, the county suggests the following tips: 

  • Get updates on COVID-19 from trusted news and official sources.
  • Avoid clicking on emailed links about COVID-19 from unknown sources to avoid downloading malware on your computer or phone.
  • Ignore social media ads or shares with hyped headlines or that tout COVID-19 "cures" or prevention products.
  • Investigate products before you buy. The FTC is keeping track of COVID-19 scams.

Residents can report scams to the Scam Squad at 216-443-SCAM(7226) or by click here

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