With the world in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic, there are bad actors at work, eager to take advantage of the public’s fear and anxiety.
Certainly, there are those out to make a quick buck by selling hand sanitizer and similar products at outrageous prices. Phishing campaigns try to get people to click on fake links that will ask them to reveal sensitive information. And there are countless other examples of those seeking to exploit the situation. According to Forbes, Amazon said that by the end of February it had removed over 1 million products falsely claiming to treat the virus. Reuters reported that United Kingdom citizens lost a total of $1 million to scammers during the month of February alone.