Scams – COVID-19-Issues

Last updated July 15, 2020

General Information

Fraudulent Treatment Products

Tips for Avoiding COVID-19 Scams

How to Make a Complaint

Price Gouging

News Stories


COVID-19 Related Scams – General Information

Information from the San Diego Sheriff about the different types of COVID-19 related scams, including links to the FBI, California Attorney General’s Office and Federal Trade Commission for more information:


COVID-19 Related Scams – Fraudulent Treatment Products

Food and Drug Administration information about fraudulent/unapproved COVID-19 related products, with links to warning letters that have been issued:

Federal Trade Commission warning about scam Coronavirus treatments:


Tips for Avoiding COVID-19 Scams

Tips from the Federal Trade Commission:

Government agencies will never call, text or contact you on social media asking for money or offering to assist you with benefits such as economic stimulus payments. See this page for more information on avoiding “government imposter” scams:

FTC: Tips for Avoiding Stimulus Payment Scams:

Tips from the Federal Communications Commission:

From the Treasury Department – what to do if you receive communications offering COVID-19 related grants or payments in exchange for a fee or personal information (this is a scam):

Tips from the Better Business Bureau:

Defending Against COVID-19 Cyber Scams – Department of Homeland Security:

Tips from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department:

Tips from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation:

This article is from 2014 but is relevant to avoiding scams in the current situation.

Tips from

COVID-19 Security Resource Library

Avoiding Social Security Scams During COVID-19:

Tips from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service:

Coronavirus Related Scams

Video from U.S. Postal Inspection Service about Economic Impact Payment/Stimulus Check Scams:

Tips for Avoiding Scams Related to Coronavirus Donations (FTC):

How to Make a Complaint – COVID-19 Related Scams








Make a complaint to the National Center for Disaster Fraud by calling their hotline at 866-720-5721 or emailing them at (any type of fraud related to COVID-19 or Coronavirus).

Make a complaint to the FTC (malicious emails/pfishing scams, miracle treatment claims, charity scams):

Make a complaint to the California Attorney General’s Office (price gouging):

Make a complaint to the FBI (Internet related scams):

Make a complaint to the San Diego City Attorney (False Advertising/Dangerous Products):

Information about how to report price gouging and scams in San Diego County from the City Attorney’s Office, District Attorney’s Office, and U.S. Attorney’s Office:

Price Gouging   

FAQ’s About Price Gouging including how to report it– California Attorney General:

San Diego District Attorney’s Office – Price gouging and how to report it: (English) (Spanish)

Reporting Price Gouging to the Better Business Bureau:

California Price Gouging Statute:

A compilation of price gouging statutes nationwide:

News Stories About COVID-19 Scams

Price Gouging in San Diego County:

Coronavirus Scams in East Bay:

Warning About Door-To-Door Coronavirus Scam:

Warning About Cyber Scams:

Pfishing Alert from Secret Service:

Warning About Emails Claiming to be from WHO:

Seven Coronavirus Scams Targeting Your Business, From the FTC:

California Man Arrested for”Fake Cure” Related Scam:

Los Angeles Man Accused Of Soliciting Investments For Fake Coronavirus Cure

FDA Warns CBD Sellers About Bogus COVID-19 Claims:

Warning About Social Security Payment Suspension Scam:

FTC Warns About Multilevel Marketing Scams during COVID-19 Pandemic:

FTC Issues More Warning about COVID-19 Treatment Scams

Contract Tracing Text Message Scams

COVID-19 Mask Exemption Cards are Not Issued by the Government:

Don’t Fall for Phone Scams about Past Due Bills