March 16, 2020
What’s worse than getting sick?
Getting sick AND having a scammer take all of your money
Several new scams are popping up involving Coronavirus. DON’T FALL FOR IT!
We’ve listed some you may hear about — but remember, new ones are happening all the time.
• IRS Stimulus Money Scam - Scammers are calling people claiming they are with the IRS and have stimulus money available to give to you. The only thing you need to do is provide your account information and they will quickly deposit it into your account.
• Ransomware website - These are websites that are designed to look like legitimate sources where you obtain official information. When you click on the links associated with the site, the scammers can gain access to your computer or phone and hold it ‘hostage’ and demand payment.
• Billing for testing - The scammers contact you by email, phone or mail to tell you that your medical test for the Coronavirus was not covered and you owe X amount of dollars.
• Vaccine Offer - A person contacts you trying to sell you a vaccine. They need your personal information to make sure you qualify. **There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19 available to the public
• Donations - Someone on your friends list contacts you through social media asking for money to help pay travel expenses because they are stuck due to the Coronavirus. They need your help to get home! Don’t fall for it. Make direct contact with any friends or loved ones who may need assistance.