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Mississippians 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.  "A-A-R-P MISSISSIPPI'S" STATE-DIRECTOR, KIMBERLY L- CAMPBELL, ESQUIRE, EXPLAINS WHAT TO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR...

(CAMPBELL):
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SINCE THERE'S STILL NO VACCINE, 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 SHOULD DEFER YOUR DECISION ON GIVING UNTIL AFTER YOU'VE RESEARCHED THE CAUSE.  AS USUAL, LINKS AND TEXTS FROM SOURCES THAT YOU DO NOT 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-GOV'."

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CAMPBELL ADDS THAT MISSISSIPPIANS SHOULD VISIT "A-A-R-P"-DOT-ORG-SLASH-"FRAUD-WATCH-NETWORK", OR CALL 1-877-908-3360, TO REPORT A SCAM--AND FOR HELP, IF THEY THINK THAT THEY'RE A VICTIM.  ALSO, MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS ITSELF IS AT "A-A-R-P"-DOT-ORG-SLASH-"CORONAVIRUS".



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