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A new weapon in the battle against COVID-19 scammers

Deanna Dewberry
Updated: June 09, 2020 06:49 PM
Created: June 09, 2020 04:57 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — In consumer news, we have new tools to block the bad guys. It's an app created in response to the plethora of ploys during this pandemic that aim to rob you of your money.

The app is aptly named TextKiller. You may already be familiar with RoboKiller, which blocks robocalls.

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Tuesday the company introduced TextKiller, which uses a text filtering system to block annoying or malicious text messages from unknown numbers. The app is available for free for a limited time for apple users. 

The app is in high demand because consumers are furious. The Federal Trade Commission tells us it has received 52,000 complaints from Americans who say they've been victims of COVID-related scams in the last few months.    

The victims have lost more than $38,000. So last week, the FTC and the FDA sent letters to 35 marketers warning them to stop making unsubstantiated claims that their products can treat COVID-19.    

This is the sixth set of letters the FTC has been forced to send. If you've been targeted by a Covid-19 scammer, the FTC wants you to contact them.

Fans of Macy's got a bit of good news today. It was just a few months ago that Macy's announced that it was forced to close 30 stores in 19 states. 

Despite healthy holiday sales, it was struggling.  

Then COVID-19 forced it to temporarily close stores across the country.

On Tuesday, company leaders announced that it has raised $4.5 billion in financing providing liquidity "the foreseeable future." The Macy's brand includes Macy's, Bloomingdale's and Bluemercury.

The brand has 38 stores in New York State. There are two Macy's stores in the Rochester area. Both opened last Thursday, June 4.


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