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The pandemic brings out the best in people, like 550,000 volunteers in the UK and also the worse with criminal intentions to make a fast and easy buck.

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Two bad cases of fraud I came across were Alex Jones selling anti-Covid-19 toothpaste and some religious crackpots claiming to heal and protect people through prayer.

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Televangelists, Alex Jones plus China, North Korea and Russia

China, North Korea and Russia have been seen sending out spear phishing emails trying to find routes onto business networks.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2020/03/12/coronavirus-scam-alert-watch-out-for-these-risky-covid-19-websites-and-emails/#4d2207f71099

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Televangelists, Alex Jones plus China, North Korea and Russia

Donald Trump's Spiritual Adviser Paula White Suggests People Send Her Their January Salary or Face Consequences From God

https://www.yahoo.com/news/donald-trump-apos-spiritual-adviser-135804056.html

Alex Jones Accused of Selling Phony Coronavirus Cures

https://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2020-03-12/alex-jones-accused-of-selling-phony-coronavirus-cures

Missouri Sues Televangelist Jim Bakker For Selling Fake Coronavirus Cure

https://www.npr.org/2020/03/11/814550474/missouri-sues-televangelist-jim-bakker-for-selling-fake-coronavirus-cure

CONSERVATIVE PASTOR CLAIMS HE 'HEALED' VIEWERS OF CORONAVIRUS THROUGH THEIR TV SCREENS

https://www.newsweek.com/conservative-pastor-claims-he-healed-viewers-coronavirus-through-their-tv-screens-1492044

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Sad.

https://wp.nyu.edu/itsecurity/2020/03/09/coronavirus-covid-19-scams-alert/

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https://wp.nyu.edu/itsecurity/2020/03/09/coronavirus-covid-19-scams-alert/

Appreciate the link. It’s great that NYU put this out. More greatness from a liberal institution!

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Sad.

https://wp.nyu.edu/itsecurity/2020/03/09/coronavirus-covid-19-scams-alert/

I like how NYU gave students, faculty, and staff a general warning about possible scams during national disasters in general. They not only send the alert for coronavirus but for all national disasters.

It isn't really the same as the specific examples that I listed, though,

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I was raised to not call people names and I generally try to follow that. But these kind of people make my blood boil and yes, I’m going to go ahead and call them scum.

I won’t be surprised if here in Japan we see people showing up on our doorsteps claiming to be sent by city hall or such to disinfect our homes. And then stealing whatever they can find while inside or trying to charge a “government mandated fee” for their “services.” Watch out for your elderly relatives and neighbors who would be easy prey for this type of scam.

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I won’t be surprised if here in Japan we see people showing up on our doorsteps claiming to be sent by city hall or such to disinfect our homes. And then stealing whatever they can find while inside or trying to charge a “government mandated fee” for their “services.” Watch out for your elderly relatives and neighbors who would be easy prey for this type of scam

I don’t think that’s far fetched at all. Japan has had its share of scammers and phone solicitors for years, so as this crisis drags on, it’s just a matter of time before these people come up with a scheme to scam innocent people.

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Japan has said everything is in control. Our numbers are not increasing. Go enjoy hanami and don't panic buy food. That's criminal, imo!

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Yes, let’s just play Russian roulette because the government said, it’s ok. Sounds smart to me.

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Japan has said everything is in control. Our numbers are not increasing. Go enjoy hanami and don't panic buy food. That's criminal, imo!

The numbers are not increasing? Is that why 40+ new cases have been popping up each day over the past week in Tokyo alone?

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This is the sort of stuff that sickens me. Social media being used to create "Challenges" for weak minded people to follow... which like lemmings they do.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/coronavirus/video-2137904/Video-Man-licks-toilet-bowl-coronavirus-challenge-TikTok.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ito=1490&ns_campaign=1490

The Purposely Coughing on other people is also (apparently) another aspect of one of those Social Media Challenges.

This is the depraved side of Society... and what's troubling are those who actually think it's great to "Follow" and "Do"... Sick.

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