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So we're in the middle of a pandemic, which means that the coronavirus scams are coming in hot and heavy. Fox News says that according to federal law enforcement, people should watch out for at least this specific scam.

The San Diego office of the FBI says scammers are texting people offers about "goodies" from Costco, which is one of those big box chains. The scam says these goodies are part of a "stimulus package" for "loyal customers" of Costco.

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FBI Special Agent Davene Butler released a statement, saying:

"Scammers are leveraging the COVID-19 pandemic to steal your money, your personal information, or both."

The San Diego FBI also sent out a tweet alerting people to the threat, and urging people to not click on the link.

"The #FBI is warning the public that Costco is NOT texting (or using social media platforms) the public or its’ customers to provide a “stimulus check,” “freebies,” or a “stimulus package.” These messages, containing a malicious link, are a #SCAM. Do NOT click on the link. #fraud."

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The FBI says there's another scam out there, which purports to be from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, which is supposed to offer advice and information about coronavirus.

"Criminals are using malicious websites to infect and lock devices until payment is received," the federal organization says.

There are also "phishing" emails where people are asked to provide or confirm their personal information so that you can get "a check" from the government:

"While talk of economic stimulus checks has been in the news cycle, government agencies are not sending unsolicited emails seeking your private information in order to send you money."

If It Sounds Too Good To Be True...

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At least the alert about the scam is starting to circulate so that people can steer clear of it. The scam, like so many others, can take aim at seniors who are more likely to click on similar emails.

"If your parents use Costco, beware if a scam that promises $130 in Costco freebies as part of a “ Covid 19 Stimulus Package” urging them to click a link and enter personal info to log into," tweeted @FrankieComedian.

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It was reported today (April 1) that there have been more than 189,000 positive cases of coronavirus in the United States. At least 3,900 have died, and more than 7,100 have recovered from the illness.

The data cites Johns Hopkins University. The death toll here has surpassed the death toll in China, although that number is in dispute.

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