More Warnings Against Coronavirus Scams
As stay-at-home measures were introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, several scams and cybersecurity risks emerged as more people began spending more time on digital devices. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) notes that cyber criminals are targeting companies and individuals with scams involving vaccines and treatment, shopping, charities, phishing and malware, apps, investments, and vulnerable populations.
Like many regulators in recent weeks, the Utah Insurance Department has been alerting consumers to various COVID-19 related scams, including fraud aimed at Americans’ economic stimulus dollars. Utah insurance regulators also have been concerned with COVID-19 fraud aimed at seniors. To that end, the Utah Insurance Department recently showcased tips from the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud, such as never responding to robocalls, unknown texts, emails, or door-to-door solicitors; avoiding “free” COVID-19 tests, vaccines, supplies, or treatments; and verifying any requests for Medicare or Medicaid information before responding