Coronavirus Fraud Awareness

March 16, 2020

 

Scammers use unique and difficult times to trick individuals out of their cash.  Protect yourself by staying alert and following these important tips:

  • Be on the lookout for scammers pretending to be with health care or disease control agencies.
  • Be suspicious of offers made by email, text or phone.  If you did not initiate the contact, it could be a scammer.
  • Do not click on links within an email or text.  Many scammers create spoofed websites and send links that will take you to an unsafe site.
  • Remember that many times fraudulent emails will contain grammatical errors.
  • Consider dealing with local charities when making donations to ensure that your funds are going to a legitimate cause.
  • Do not release personal information over the phone or by text or email when you have not initiated the contact.
  • Be aware of requests to send funds by wire, Western Union or ACH debit.  Also watch out for appeals to purchase gift cards or Google Pay cards.
  • If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.  If in doubt, don’t do it!