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Scammers are using new tactics during COVID-19

Scammers are trying to take your money, whether it's by tricking you into an investment scheme or trying to sell you cleaning supplies.

While a lot of us are just trying to make it through the day right now, scammers are not taking a break from trying to take advantage of us during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Financial experts say scammers are already calling people, claiming they can help. when they just want to take your money.

There are even investment scams tied to COVID-19.

The North American Securities Administration Association is expecting an increase in those schemes.

One that's making the rounds claims to raise assets for companies making personal protective equipment.

Double-check the details before you give your money to anything that promotes safe investments with "guaranteed returns."

The Federal Trade Commission also wants to make sure people are getting what they're paying for. 

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Scammers are pretending to sell in-demand products like cleaning or medical supplies and then never deliver them.

Just make sure you check a companies record before you buy anything. 

Search the company's name and words like review, complaint or scam. 

The York Builders Association wants to make sure homeowners in a bind don't become victims.

Contractors can still do emergency repairs right now. 

 Before you hand over any money, the make sure you do these 5 things.

- Use a contractor registered with the state attorney general's office.

- Get everything in writing.

- Ask for references

- Get more than one estimate.

- Ask for employees' names to check the in the Pennsylvania court system to see if any are facing charges related to fraud.

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We know there are even more scams out there right now.

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