Beware false Information and ‘Virus’ based scams
“If you can hold your breath without coughing, discomfort, stiffness, or tightness, your lungs do not suffer from fibrosis and therefore you have no COVID-19 infection.”
According to SNOPES (the internet’s definitive fact-checking resource), this statement IS NOT TRUE, but one of several bits of mis-leading advice that are spreading, like coronavirus itself, around on Facebook Twitter and WhatsApp.
One member has expressed concern that the ‘I can Help’ forms we distributed yesterday could be used to trick the vulnerable elderly into parting with their money.
If you use the forms, you must ensure you have clearly identified yourself and those receiving them should ensure the person offering help is genuine and local. The next issue is, if the helper is delivering groceries how are they to be paid for? It may not be wise to keep large sums of cash at home and handing over one’s credit or debit card is definitely not a good idea. This is a new situation which none of us have had to face before and there seems to be no easy answers.
We can be sure that there will be more false information in the days to come and be certain that, even as you read this, scammers are planning how to use our anxiety to trick us into parting with our money and/or our bank details. Washing our hands will not keep us safe from these crooks but will help keep us safe from the virus.