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Scammers preying on COVID-19 fears

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BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Scammers are finding new ways to steal your personal information and your money. The Better Business Bureau is sharing ways scammers are using the COVID-19 pandemic to their advantage.

Dolores Salinas, President, Better Business Bureau, “Right now what we are experiencing, we’re in uncharted waters. This that’s going on right now in our lifetime we have not seen it.”

Salinas says they are seeing a number of scam related incidents involving this pandemic. She says they are receiving calls of scammers asking for personal banking information to help consumers get their stimulus check from the government.

“We all know that the stimulus packages have not been approved, nobody is getting money at this time, we don’t even know if it’s going to happen but this is a way for scammers getting ahead of what’s going on.” says Salinas.

Other scams Salinas is seeing is price gouging. Scammers are targeting the elderly and offering to pick up their prescription drugs, and websites claiming to have COVID-19 testing kits.

Salinas shares what consumers should be looking out for, “Anytime someone starts asking for personal information you need to stop at that point hang up the phone. Call an official number for that particular agency.”

Salinas says consumers should be extra vigilant of websites for donations or anything relating to COVID-19. She urges everyone to report possible scamming incidents to the Better Business Bureau at BBBSouthTexas.org or call 956-968-7889.

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