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Alabamians Need to Be Wary of Coronavirus-Related Scams


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SOME SCAMMERS ARE USING THE SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO STEAL MONEY OR SENSITIVE PERSONAL-INFORMATION.  BILL HAWKINS, OF "A-A-R-P ALABAMA", EXPLAINS WHAT TO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR...

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SINCE THERE'S STILL NO VACCINE, DRUG-TREATMENT, OR CURE, YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY IGNORE ANY CLAIMS OR OFFERS OF ONE.  ALSO, BE CAREFUL WITH REQUESTS FOR DONATIONS TO SUPPOSEDLY HELP AFFECTED PEOPLE; YOU SHOULD ASK FOR THE INFORMATION TO BE SENT BY MAIL, AND YOU SHOULD DEFER YOUR DECISION ON GIVING UNTIL AFTER YOU'VE RESEARCHED THE CAUSE [THAT'S] SEEKING THE DONATION.  AS USUAL, LINKS AND TEXTS FROM SOURCES THAT YOU DON'T ALREADY KNOW COULD CAUSE YOUR DEVICE TO DOWNLOAD MALICIOUS SOFTWARE; THAT'S ANOTHER REASON TO CONSIDER THE SOURCE'S CREDIBILITY, BEFORE YOU CLICK.  AND, BE SUSPICIOUS OF E-MAILS OR CALLS CLAIMING TO BE FROM THE 'C-D-C' OR OTHER HEALTH-EXPERTS; E-MAILS FROM GOVERNMENT-ENTITIES OFTEN USE AN ADDRESS THAT ENDS WITH 'DOT-G-O-V'."

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HAWKINS ADDS THAT ALABAMIANS SHOULD VISIT "A-A-R-P"-DOT-ORG-SLASH-"FRAUD-WATCH-NETWORK", FOR CURRENT INFORMATION ON SCAMS--AND SHOULD CONTACT THEIR LOCAL POLICE OR SHERIFF, IF THEY BECOME A VICTIM.  ALSO, FOR QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS ITSELF, HAWKINS URGES ALABAMIANS TO CONTACT THEIR DOCTOR--OR GO TO "C-D-C"-DOT-GOV.



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