The COVID-19 pandemic has changed New Yorkers' behavior in myriad ways, but one basic tenet of human nature remains: scammers are still busy trying to exploit people’s fears and anxieties, public officials say.

The Federal Trade Commission has warned New Yorkers to be cautious of coronavirus-related scams, particularly promises of money from the local and federal government.

”Don’t respond to texts and emails about checks from the government. The details are still being worked out. Anyone who tells you they can get you the money now is a scammer,” the FTC office said on its website.

Robocalls have surfaced pitching “everything from scam Coronavirus treatments to work-at-home schemes. The recording might say that pressing a number will let you speak to a live operator or remove you from their call list, but it might lead to more robocalls, instead,” the FTC warned.

Other scams involve online offers for bogus vaccinations and home test kits. The FTC said “there currently are no vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, lozenges or other prescription or over-the-counter products available to treat or cure Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) — online or in stores. At this time, there also are no FDA-authorized home test kits for the Coronavirus.”

State Attorney General Letitia James’s office has also set up a website to report price gouging of necessary goods such as masks and hand sanitizer. Earlier this month, James ordered prominent snake oil-and-conspiracy peddler Alex Jones to stop claiming a toothpaste that he sells would cure people of coronavirus.

The FTC also asks people to avoid sharing unverified information: “Before you pass on any messages, contact trusted sources. Visit What the U.S. Government is Doing for links to federal, state and local government agencies.”

One bit of misinformation that’s been repeated by the NYPD and James's office is a claim that burglars are prowling the streets dressed in hazmat suits and pretending to be coronavirus testers from the CDC -- NBC News reported that no such cases have actually happened in their survey of several police departments around the country.

The FTC has assembled a bingo card of common scams -- check it out here.