During this time of uncertainty, fraudsters have exploited the global thirst for knowledge of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and have launched virus-themed phishing attacks. They have even deployed stimulus payment scams. These cybercriminals are preying on the public’s health and safety concerns and fears around financial market impacts, so it’s more important than ever to be vigilant and watch out for these red flags.
- Information or links from an unknown source
This includes social media posts, text messages, or phone calls that claim to be from certain organizations or agencies. Beware of fake government agencies promoted by fraudsters. The only official list of all U.S. federal grant-making agencies can be found at grants.gov. Government agencies do not communicate through social media outlets, and they will never request an advanced processing fee to receive a grant.
Cybercriminals are also offering false health information and fake cures. For reliable updates on COVID-19 and the stimulus financial relief package, please refer to official local, state, and government and law enforcement agencies, such as the sites below:
- Bogus offers, products, or solicitations
If it sounds like it’s too good to be true, it probably is. Do your research before you invest your money anywhere. Verify credibility. Check Better Business Bureau for any complaints. Confirm a charity on GuideStar, CharityNavigator or CharityWatch.
- Links or communication that require or rush you to ACT NOW!
Verify the authenticity of the situation you are in before you react. Protect yourself by making sure anti-virus software is on your computer and up-to-date.
For more information, or if you think you’re a victim of fraud, call us immediately at (877) 695-2732.