Published on March 16th, 20200
A Growing List of Coronavirus Scams
TINA.org has already alerted readers to a number of coronavirus scams, including a “Corona Virus Oil” from an essential oils seller; a colloidal silver product marketed to “kill” the coronavirus; and a “Fruits & Veggies” supplement whose formulator claimed in a recent radio interview can help ward off the virus.
But there are so many more reported coronavirus scams out there. To help consumers avoid becoming a victim, TINA.org has created a list of known and alleged scams to watch out for (see below). Check back often for updates. And if there is a product or company you think should be added to the list, let us know here.
TINA.org ad alerts
- Agora coronavirus emails
- Inovio Pharmaceuticals
- The Jim Bakker Show (updated; sales of supplement suspended)
- Top Kyäni distributor’s Facebook Live video (since removed)
- Coronavirus check scams
- Pure Herbal Total Defense Immunity Blend
- Balance of Nature
- Tranont distributor’s Facebook post (since removed)
- JoAnne Bassett’s “Corona Virus Oil”
TINA.org reader tips
- Modere distributor’s Facebook Live video (since removed)
- Maxx Labs CBD Oil spam email
- Melaleuca CEO’s tweet
FDA/FTC warning letters
- Carahealth Immune
- Anti Aging Bed
- Halosense Inc.
- Vital Silver
- Quinessence Aromatherapy Ltd.
- GuruNanda, LLC
- Vivify Holistic Clinic
- Herbal Amy LLC
Additional federal/state actions
- Some air purifiers (Vox investigation)
If you’re looking for ways to protect yourself (and others) from the coronavirus, the CDC has several suggestions, including washing your hands often, avoiding close contact with people who are sick and staying home if you become sick, and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces daily.
Find more information from the CDC here.
This article was updated 4/1/20.