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COVID-19 Scams, Rumors, and Price Gouging

COVID-19 Scams, Rumors, and Price Gouging

During the COVID-19 pandemic, scammers may try to take advantage of you. They might get in touch by phone, email, postal mail, text, or social media. Protect your money and your identity. Don't share personal information like your bank account number, Social Security number, or date of birth. Learn how to recognize and report a COVID vaccine scam and other types of coronavirus scams. 

Scammers change their methods frequently. Current coronavirus scams include:

Learn from the FCC about other types of COVID-19 scams and read and listen to sample text and phone messages from scammers.

    • Contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud hotline at 866-720-5721 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
    • Report a scam to the FBI at tips.fbi.gov.
    • If it's an online scam, submit your complaint through the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).

Rumors, myths, and conspiracy theories about the coronavirus can be frightening and misleading. Go to FEMA's Rumor Control page to check out the real answers about the rumors you're hearing.

During times of high demand, sellers may raise prices to a very high and unfair level on needed items like:

    • Face masks
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Household or personal care items

This is called price gouging and it’s illegal. If you suspect price gouging, report it to your state attorney general.