During uncertain times, scammers often attempt to prey on the fear and empathy of potential victims. Here are a few common scams to look out for during the COVID-19 crisis from Zander Insurance:
If you haven’t already, you will likely receive emails with links offering information about the virus. Many clients have already reported receiving emails supposedly from the World Health Organization, the Wall Street Journal, and other reputable sources, that are, in fact, fraudulent.
Tip: Be sure to look carefully at the sender’s email address, as well as the URL to which the link would direct you, before clicking anywhere within the message. Malicious links are often used to steal personal information, capture login credentials, or install malware on your device.
Another frequently used tactic that re-surfaces during times of crisis: fake charities. Bad actors may attempt to exploit your kind nature by asking for donations to help distribute a coronavirus vaccine (there isn’t one) or similar causes. Be wary of these emails and do your research before opening your wallet!
Checks from the Government
Since there are reports that the United States government may begin sending stimulus money to Americans due to the COVID-19 crisis, either by check or direct deposit, the Federal Trade Commission has made a list of three important tips to keep in mind:
- The government will not ask you to pay anything up front to get this money.
- The government will not call to ask for your social security, bank account, or credit card numbers. Anyone who does is not legitimate.
- Checks are not currently being sent out. Anyone who tells you they can get you the money now is using this as a tactic to get your money.