Here are a few basics for avoiding being SCAMMED during the Corona pandemic. See the items below, use common sense and be wary of anyone reaching out to you for money.
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• No legitimate company or individual will reach out to you to obtain personal or account information via text, phone call or email.
• Government agencies do not communicate through social media outlets, such as Facebook or emails.
• Never pay a fee for a government grant. A government agency will never request an advanced processing fee for you to receive a grant.
• Beware of calls and emails to help expedite your federal assistance check. They do not exist!
• Most stimulus checks will be coming via direct deposit. This is likely to start occuring the third week of April.
Tips from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC):
• Hang up on robocalls. Don’t press any numbers. Scammers are using illegal robocalls to pitch everything from scam Coronavirus treatments to work-at-home schemes, how to get your stimulus check faster. The recording might say that pressing a number will let you speak to a live operator or remove you from their call list, but it might lead to more robocalls, instead.
• Ignore online offers for vaccinations and home test kits. Scammers are trying to get you to buy products that aren’t proven to treat or prevent the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) — online or in stores. At this time, there also are no FDA-authorized home test kits for the Coronavirus.
• Fact-check information.
• Know who you’re buying from. Online sellers may claim to have in-demand products, like a cure to the Corona Virus, household, and health and medical supplies, when, in fact, they don’t.
• Don’t respond to texts and emails about stimulus checks from the government. Anyone who tells you they can get you the money now is a scammer.
• Don’t click on links on your computer or cell phone from sources you don’t know. They could download viruses onto your computer or device.
• Watch for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or experts saying they have information about the virus. For the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
• Do your homework when it comes to donations, whether through charities or crowdfunding sites. Don’t let anyone rush you into making a donation. If someone wants donations in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money, don’t do it.