Consumer Alerts

Ignore Bogus COVID Vaccine Survey  •  The FTC warns of people receiving unsolicited emails and texts, asking them to complete a limited-time survey about the Pfizer, Moderna, or AstraZeneca vaccine. In exchange, people are offered a free reward, but asked to pay shipping fees.  This is a SCAM.  Read more here.
Thursday, March 4, is National “Slam the Scam!” Day  •  This awareness campaign—part of National Consumer Protection Week—is being provided by the Social Security Administration to help people be better protected against government imposter telephone scams.  To learn more, visit here.
Legal Aid of Arkansas warns: “A contact tracer from your state health department might call if you’ve been exposed to COVID-19. Scammers are pretending to be contact tracers, too.”  Read here for how you can spot such scams.
Attorney General Alert: Shut down scammers threatening to shut off utilities   •  “Remember, you should never be forced to make an immediate payment for utilities over the phone and or give away your personal information,” said Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.  •  Full alert here
The Social Security Office of the Inspector General has received reports that Social Security beneficiaries have received letters through the U.S. Mail stating their payments will be suspended or discontinued unless they call a phone number referenced in the letter.  •  Read more here
Attorney General alert: Scam artists pose as contact tracers to steal Arkansans’ identities  •  Story here
How to avoid COVID-19 government impostor scams  •  Story here
How to use your Economic Impact Payment prepaid debit card without paying a fee  •  Story here
Don’t throw it away!  IRS stimulus card payments arriving in unmarked envelopes  •  Story here
Federal Trade Commission warns, “Not every COVID-19 testing site is legit”  •  Visit the FTC’s website here
Report price gouging at the Arkansas Attorney General’s website.  •  Visit the AG’s COVID-19 Resources page here to report price gouging.
Federal Communications Commission offers Consumer Help Center.  •  Click here to learn more about phone scammers offering free home testing kits, promoting bogus cures, and selling health insurance, among other schemes.
FBI says, “Protect Your Wallet—and Your Health—from Pandemic Scanners.”  •  Click here for an interview with the head of the FBI’s Financial Crimes Section about the latest scams the FBI is investigating and tips on how to protect yourself.
FEMA offers Coronavirus Rumor Control page.  •  Click here for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s center for helping to “distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.”