In the Media: Stacey Wood Explains How to Avoid Coronavirus-Related Scams for Salon

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In Salon, Professor of Psychology and Molly Mason Jones Chair in Psychology Stacey Wood, along with a team of researchers, explains how to avoid scams that exploit coronavirus fears. These scams currently include fake cures or treatments, bogus ads and products, price gouging, and phishing emails, but Wood warns that scammers will expand their scope as the coronavirus continues to impact the world. “Consumers should be aware that they have the luxury to Google and check the legitimacy of the website—a key tool in reducing the likelihood of falling prey to scammers,” she writes. “Misinformation and biased media coverage are often the source of fear and panic, so do not forget to take the time to fact check.”

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