“Looking to exploit the corornavirus pandemic as a way to grab a quick buck, scammers are increasingly targeting stuck-at-home consumers with offers ranging from fake testing kits to bogus cures as well as soliciting donations to fake charities, according to U.S. government officials.
The FCC on Friday warned of a “proliferation of scam phone calls and texts” related to the coronavirus outbreak. The agency announced the launch of a COVID-19 Consumer Warnings and Safety Tips page to alert consumers about the dangers. The webpage includes audio clips of actual scams including those offering free home-testing kits and coronavirus HVAC cleaning, and those targeting diabetics who use insulin.
In addition, text message scams have been falsely advertising cures or offers for coronavirus testing, the FCC said. Other text-message hoaxes have claimed the U.S. government will order a mandatory national two-week quarantine — which the National Security Council has said are fake.”
Read more about these scams here.
If you’re getting phone calls from HVAC companies trying to sell you a coronavirus cleaning service plan, don’t fall for it! No legitimate business would be reaching out to offer such service. If you’re ever in doubt ask for the business name and contact information. An online search should quickly reveal their reputation if they have one.
At Apple Valley Eagan Appliance we’re taking all the necessary precautions to keep our customers safe while still providing these essential services. If you need HVAC service or appliance repair call us at 952-953-0080. We look forward to working with you during these difficult times.