Scams and fraudulent services have increased since the COVID-19 pandemic caused local residents to self-isolate. On top of the usual scams, in Florida scammers are approaching people’s homes in white lab coats pretending to be from the local health department.

We have some tips:

• Hang up on robocalls. Scammers are using illegal robocalls to pitch everything from scam treatments to work-at-home schemes.
• Ignore online offers for vaccinations and miracle cures. There currently are no vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, lozenges or other prescription or over-the-counter products available to treat or cure COVID-19 — online or in stores.
• Know who you’re buying from. Online sellers may claim to have in-demand products, like cleaning, household, and health and medical supplies when, in fact, they don’t.
• Don’t respond to texts about checks from the government. Anyone who tells you they can get you the money now is a scammer.
• Don’t click on links from sources you don’t know. They could download viruses onto your computer or device.
• Watch for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or experts saying they have information about the virus.