By EMILY WU
Attorney, Division of Consumer and Business Education, FTC

During this past year, the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout have reminded us how important it is to help each other through difficult times. In May, as we celebrate Older Americans Month, remember that one of the best ways to help your friends and family is to pass on what you know about how to spot and avoid coronavirus-related scams. 

Here are some things to share:

COVID-19 vaccines are free. If anyone charges you for help signing up or the shot itself, it’s a scam.

Scammers may pose as the government and contact you to ask for payment — in cash, gift cards, wire transfer, or cryptocurrency. The government will never ask you to pay in any of those ways, but scammers will.

FEMA’s not reaching out to register you for the new U.S. government program to help with funeral costs of family members who died due to COVID-19. FEMA will not contact you before you…

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