Scams and COVID-19
Scams are always out there, but in this time of COVID-19, you need to keep your eye out for people taking advantage of these times.
These scams can be emails, texts or calls that are offering “help”. What they really are looking for is your private information, like a Social Security number, bank account number, and more. Do not divulge your bank or credit card numbers or any other personal information over the phone, unless you initiated the conversation with the other party and you know that it is a reputable organization.
- Reject offers to cash a check for someone in exchange for a fee. Even if the bank makes the funds available to you right away, it may later turn out that the check was fraudulent.
- Don’t respond to texts, emails or calls about checks from the government.
- Ignore online offers for vaccinations and home test kits. There are no products proven to treat or prevent COVID-19 at this time.
- Hang up on robocalls.
- Watch for emails claiming to be from the CDC or WHO. Use sites that are official government or sources sites to get the latest information.
- Do your homework when and where to donate.