- Among the most common robocalls related to the coronavirus are those claiming to provide treatment, financial relief and free Covid-19 testing, according to a survey of about 4,000 people.
- People already have lost north of $13.4 million to coronavirus-related scams so far this year.
Add robocalls to scammers’ methods of capitalizing on the coronavirus crisis.
As people adjust to life in the midst of a global pandemic, roughly a quarter of individuals say they’ve experienced an increase in robocalls and about 20% have received a call or text regarding the illness, according to a survey from Provision Living, a retirement community company.
The survey of 4,000 people comes as fraud related to the coronavirus takes a toll on consumers, with Americans losing more than $13.4 million to such scams so far this year, according to the Federal Trade Commission.
The most common robocalls related to the virus are those claiming to provide treatment (22%), financial relief (18%) and free Covid-19 testing (18%), according to the Provision Living report. Another 15% said they’d received a robocall call or text regarding their stimulus check from a scammer claiming to be from the IRS.
Older people tend to be the hardest-hit when it comes to scam robocalls, the report says. In general, the most common types of robocalls are those claiming to be with the Social Security Administration (39%), the IRS (38%), travel companies (36%) and debt collectors (33%), according to the survey.
More than a third of respondents said they’ve lost their temper and swore or yelled at a robocaller.