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BBB: Coronavirus creates ‘perfect storm’ for scammers

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BBB: Coronavirus creates ‘perfect storm’ for scammers

Scammers are targeting Georgia residents who practice social distancing due to the COVID-19 outbreak

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Scammers are targeting a number of georgia residents who areciae covid-19 outbreak.

41 nbc's rashaad vann has more on how you can protect yourself from scammers while social-distancing.

While social distancing is a good health practice to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, it may be helping scammers.

Collins: everybody is at home, everybody is available, so scam artists are calling, and one of the key factors that we found in a study that we did last year was that social-isolation um is pretty big and people are being victimized by a scam.

According to kelvin collins, president and ceo of the better business bureau of central georgia, people are more likely to lose money to a scam when they are socially or physically isolated from others, if they are actively engaging online, and if they are financially vulnerable.

Collins: they'll build a relationship with someone who is home, and right now all social-iosloated, so it's really a breeding ground for scam artist, the fact that we are all at home, everybody is all on social media and there's a lot of misinformation out there.

Collins says there are steps everyone can take to protect themselves from online scammers during social-distancing.

Collins: educate yourself now, so you don't fall for these in the future.

Don't be afraid to contact a friend or a company or organization you trust for advice.

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