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Scam tells people to pay for nonexistent coronavirus antibiotics
The AARP is warning about COVID-19 scams, including one from a supposed nurse saying your coronavirus test came back positive. The hook? A credit card number is needed to get antibiotics. There is currently no treatment specifically for COVID-19, but people can fall for these scams if they're not paying attention. If you are contacted with a potential scam, report it to the North Carolina Attorney General at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or 919-716-6000.
LOOK AT THE >>> I'M 5 ON YOUR SIDE MONICA LIBERTY, A WARNING ABOUT ANOTHER SCAM MAKING THE ROUNDS, THIS ONE COMING FROM ALL DIRECTIONS, PHONE CALLS, E- MAILS AND TEXTS FROM A NURSE WHO SAYS, YOUR COVID-19 TEST CAME BACK POSITIVE. A CREDIT CARD NUMBER WAS NEEDED TO GET ANTIBIOTICS. THERE IS NO TREATMENT FOR COVID- 19, BUT PEOPLE COULD AND WILL FALL FOR THESE SCAMS IF THEY ARE NOT PAYING ATTENTION. ALSO THE FTC IS WARNING, WITH TALK OF THE GOVERNMENT SENDING $1000 TO AMERICANS TO HELP, BE CAREFUL FOR ANYONE ASKING YOU FOR MONEY OR INFORMATION UP FRONT TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN. THE GOVERNMENT WILL NOT ASK YOU FOR MONEY. AS IF WE DON'T ALREADY HAVE ENOUGH TO WORRY ABOUT WITH THE CORONAVIRUS, THIS IS ONE MORE REMINDER TO BE SAFE AND CAUTIOUS. WRAL NEWS 5 ON YOUR SIDE. >>> STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL JOSH STEIN USED AN ONLINE TOWN HALL TO WARN ABOUT SCAM THE, HE TALKED ABOUT 193 PRICE GOUGING COMPLAINTS HIS OFFICE HAS RECEIVE SOD FAR. ONE INVOLVES A $5 BOTTLE OF SANITIZERRING ABOUT SOLD FOR $94. HE SAYS THAT MAY BE AN OBVIOUS CASE, NOT EVERY PRICE INCREASE IS GOUGING. SOMETIMES THE INCREASE OF 5 STAR RETAILER IS LEGIT, PARTICULARLY IF THEY HAVE TO SPEND MORE MONEY IN ORDER TO GET THAT PRODUCT, RESTOCKED ON THEIR SHELVES SO THAT YOU AND I CAN BUY THEM. >> Reporter: IF YOU HAVE A COMPLAINT, CONTACT THE ATTORNEY