HUD Presents Webinar on Avoiding COVID-19 Scams

Regulation | March 02, 2021 | by Juliana Bilowich

HUD and other federal agencies review common types of scams and fraud at senior housing communities during COVID-19, and discuss best practices for avoiding them. 

On February 3, HUD co-hosted a free webinar titled “Protecting Communities from Coronavirus Scams and Fraud.” The joint presentation by HUD and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) covered common coronavirus-related scams and fraud, as well as how to report them to the FTC.

Among other types of fraud, the presentation gave pointers about what real contact tracers will not ask residents or staff in order to trace contacts and possible COVID-19 exposure, including information about social security numbers, bank account information, or immigration status.

Similarly, the presentation explained that residents will not be able to pay to receive the vaccine early, and should be cautious about requests or offers to do so. The presentation slides, which give an overview of fraud attempts and fraud protection posters for communities, is available here.

Separately, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) hosted a webinar on February 23 titled "A Webinar for Consumers: COVID-19 Scames and Older Adults." A recording of the webinar is now available on the FCC's website here

LeadingAge urges housing providers and residents to learn best practices for avoiding COVID-19 related scams, including for stimulus checks, vaccine distribution, or rent relief funds.