Coye Law - March 2020

Don’t Fall for It How Scam Artists Prey on Fear As mentioned in the cover article of this newsletter, advancements in technology and the spread of information have become dangerous tools. They allow people to easily share false information and cause fear to flare up, and there are some people who take the process a step further by actually preying upon people’s fears directly through elaborate online scams. The art of scamming has existed for as long as humans have communicated with each other. There have always been people in the world who make it their goal to take advantage of others by way of trickery. A long time ago, scammers were only effective if they could travel because they had to be in the presence of the person they were trying to scam. The evolution of communication and technology made it possible for scammers to reach a wider pool of potential victims by mail, then phone, and now, the internet. That means that the price of scamming has decreased too. In fact, it costs nothing for scammers to reach their victims except for the time it takes them to execute their plan. Scamming is free and only limited by the perpetrator's creativity, and that makes it dangerous.

There’s such a low barrier to entry that it’s a wonder everyone isn’t a scammer these days!

Let’s take a look at some recent scams revolving around COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus. Many are scared of how quickly the virus is spreading, the number of people falling ill, and most of all, how many people have died from its complications. While it is a serious epidemic, there’s a lot of misinformation floating around, and that includes claims about remedies and preventive care. False entities are offering ungrounded advice and unproven treatments that prey upon the fears of their targets. The best of these scams are ineffective and cheap. The worst of them are dangerous and costly. Protect yourself from frivolous internet scams by only turning to proven entities you can trust. Do your research, and if you aren’t sure of something, take your questions to a professional who can give you more insight. Don’t fall for things that seem too good to be true because it’s a safe bet that most of the time, they are.

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PESTO CHICKEN WITH BLISTERED TOMATOES Inspired by CookingLight.com

• 6 tbsp spinach pesto • 2 cups cherry tomatoes • 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced • 1 tsp red wine vinegar

• 1/4 cup whole-wheat panko • 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese • 1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted

• 2 1/2 tbsp olive oil, divided • 4 boneless and skinless chicken breasts, pounded to a 1-inch thickness • Salt and pepper to taste

6. In a skillet, heat remaining oil over medium-high heat. 7. Add tomatoes and cook for 6 minutes. 8. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly. 9. Season tomato mixture with salt and pepper, and add red wine vinegar. 10. Serve tomatoes with broiled chicken.

1. In a large ovenproof skillet over medium- high heat, add 1 tbsp olive oil. 2. Season chicken with salt and pepper, and add it to pan. Cook chicken for 5 minutes on each side, then remove pan from heat. 3. In a bowl, combine panko, Parmesan cheese, and butter. 4. Spread pesto over chicken and top with panko mixture. 5. Broil chicken for 2 minutes on high heat until browned.

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