Federal Trade Commission: Consumer Information
As online environments get busier and more uncertain, scammers are using fake emails, texts, products and services as a way to gain access to your money and personal information. With scamming related to COVID-19 continuing to increase, it is important to be vigilant when receiving any unfamiliar emails, texts, or calls.
Tips on recognizing and keeping scammers related to COVID-19 at bay:
- Don’t click on links from sources you are unfamiliar with. Clicking on these links could result in downloading viruses onto your device.
- Make sure anti-malware and anti-virus software is up to date on your computer.
- Watch for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), or experts claiming they have information about the virus.
- Ignore ads claiming prevention, treatment, or cure claims for the virus.
- If you are considering making a donation to a charity or crowdfunding site, research it thoroughly and don’t let anyone rush you into a donation.
- Recognize and be alert to “investment opportunities” through online promotions claiming products or services preventing/curing the virus, and stock in companies that will dramatically increase in value as a result
For a complete list and more information regarding online threats, visit the Federal Trade Commission website.
The information contained herein has been obtained from sources deemed reliable but is not guaranteed.