The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued guidance on means that criminals are using to exploit COVID-19.  These means include: 

  • Individuals and businesses selling fake cures for COVID-19 online and engaging in other forms of fraud.
  • Phishing emails from entities posing as the World Health Organization or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Malicious websites and apps that appear to share virus-related information to gain and lock access to your devices until payment is received.
  • Seeking donations fraudulently for illegitimate or non-existent charitable organizations.

The DOJ guidance directs victims of fraud to contact various agencies and provides resources on the federal government's efforts to address COVID-19-related risks.