UPDATE (3/24/2020): Additional COVID-19 Coronavirus scams are targeting consumers. Please be aware that the government will not ask consumers to pay in order to receive government relief. The government will also NOT ask for personal information such as Social Security Numbers, bank account numbers, or credit card information. There has been no government-funded relief at this time. If you see a scam related to government-funded relief, please report it to the Federal Trade Commission.
With the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, scam artists have found a new opportunity to play off of people’s fears and current needs. We have been made aware of new scams including email phishing attempts that appear to be coming from the CDC or World Health Organization. Be wary of emails or text messages claiming to be related to information concerning the virus.
Stay safe and follow these tips to ensure you’re not a victim of one of these phishing scams!
- Never click link embedded within emails. Instead, type in URLs yourself to find the CDC or World Health Organization and other news sites
- Don't reply to unsolicited emails, marketing offers, or SPAM
- Be on the lookout for spelling errors, language usage or strange email sender addresses
- Utilize security software and keep it up-to-date with recommended patches
- Use multi-factor authentication that requires two credentials to enable account access and makes it harder for scammers to get into your accounts
- Research charitable organizations prior to donating as many fraudulent charitable organizations may be requesting donations during this time