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Beware of COVID-19 Scams

Beware of COVID-19 Scams

You’re working hard to do your part during the COVID-19 outbreak. You’re respecting social distancing guidelines, washing your hands more frequently, and looking out for neighbors and friends in need.

Unfortunately, scammers are working just as hard. The difference is that they’re out to take advantage of you during this uncertain time. They may use fear tactics or make promises to help you.

It’s never been more important to stay vigilant in protecting your private personal and financial information. Below are some emerging COVD-19 related scams with tips for how you can tell the difference between scams and legitimate information.

IRS Stimulus Check Scams

Inevitably, scammers will try to use the stimulus package as a way to trick consumers.

  • Remember, the IRS will never contact you requesting personal, private information. In most cases, you don't need to do anything to receive your check. 
  • You’ll never be asked to send in a fee as part of the stimulus.
  • If you have to update your address or direct deposit account, only provide personal information on the offical IRS website using the Get My Payment tool
  • When in doubt, call the IRS directly with questions and concerns.

Read more about stimulus check scams:

USA Today

Forbes

Phishing Scams

Oftentimes scammers will send emails hoping that you’ll click a link so they can “phish” your personal information. Most of the time, email providers like Gmail and Yahoo catch these phishing attempts and the emails go straight to your junk mail folder. But what should you do if an email you open seems phishy?

  • Don’t click any links – if something seems off, don’t click anywhere in the email
  • Call the company directly – confirm that they sent something
  • Ignore it – don’t feel pressured to “act now” if you weren’t explicitly expecting an email from someone

Read More Here:

Norton

Consumer Reports

Federal Trade Commission

We will continue to update this page with new information as scams emerge and resources become available.

 

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