Coronavirus Scams: Types and How to Avoid Them

This is the 1st of 11 separate postings to fall under “NEWS,” at the Marketplace at Birdcage website. We will be sharing information with our local community regarding the different types of Coronavirus Scams, how to avoid becoming a victim, and what to do if you are presented with one of these attempts to scam or defraud you personally. We will be posting each new article as frequently as possible, so please check back to stay up with the interesting series.


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Sunrise Marketplace and Marketplace at Birdcage

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, online scams have risen, taking advantage of the uncertainty that resides around the Coronavirus pandemic. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), over 18,000 reports of scams related to the Coronavirus were reported from January 2020 to April 2020. These scams are attributed to travel, vacations, online shopping, and fake text messages.

Additionally, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) urges people to become more vigilant as the pandemic goes on. For instance, children are spending more time online due to school closures and may be at higher risk of exploitation. Coronavirus scams can take many forms, including:

  • Fake emails from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • Phishing emails.

  • Counterfeit treatments or equipment.

These scams can cause more harm and stress to individuals, so it is important to know the different types of scams and how to detect and avoid them. Please watch for the next in this informational series. Coming up: Work-from-Home Scams.

We hope you find the aforementioned information, as well as the rest of the series enlightening and helpful.

Also, a reminder that nearly all the stores and services at Marketplace at Birdcage are back to operating under normal hours, although some do have restrictions related to social distancing, wearing masks and more. Please see the full list of our tenants and their current hours, under “News” for the 9/2 posting. You may also contact the individual merchants prior to visiting if you have any questions, as they relate to shopping, dining, or receiving services safely. The next topic will be 2nd in the Series, and is related to “Work-From-Home” scams.

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