KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Coronavirus scams are on the rise; government agencies like the IRS and the Social Security Administration have issued warnings about scams that are out to take your money.

Now, the United Nations has issued an alert about con artists who post phony claims on Facebook about the so-called UN Pandemic Relief Fund. A Knoxville man recently received one of those messages.

Scammers are experts at shifting tactics, taking advantage of every current event hoping to catch you off guard. This is especially true as they take advantage of anxieties and real issues related to the coronavirus. One of the latest phony messages uses the name of the United Nations. The claim is free money given directly to Americans, but it’s a big con.

“She sent me a message that she had received $30,000 from a…

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