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How to Protect Yourself from Coronavirus Scams

How to Protect Yourself from Coronavirus Scams

During this COVID-19 outbreak, there are unscrupulous people looking to take advantage of the situation. Please be on the lookout for coronavirus scams.

Get Your information from Trusted Sources

If you’re looking for information on how to prevent the spread of Coronavirus or where you can get tested, only use trusted sources like the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization (WHO) or your state or local authorities. Scammers have set up realistic looking but fake websites with malicious links that will install malware on your computer or personal device. Make sure you’re going directly to the websites that produce information, rather than clicking on links in emails.

Be Wary of Suspicious Emails

Watch out for emails regarding coronavirus claiming to be from a legitimate medical and/or health organization. According to the United States Secret Service, some of these emails contain attachments that, when opened by unsuspecting victims, can infect their system or prompt the victim to share personal information. If you receive an email you aren’t expecting and it is from someone you do not recognize, avoid opening any attachments and clicking on links within the email. If you’re called by an unfamiliar number requesting personal or account information, hang up and call a trusted source as legitimate businesses will never call you for this type of information.

Do Not Buy Coronavirus “Cure” Products

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has warned consumers to ignore offers for vaccines, pills or other health products that will treat or cure Coronavirus. As of right now, there are no products sold in-store or online that can treat or cure Coronavirus. Trials for a vaccine have started, but it is not currently available to the public.

Carefully Research a Charity or Crowd-Funding Source

Coronavirus has caused a lot of job uncertainty for many people. You may have seen different websites asking for donations for workers in affected industries or to assist with medical expenses. It’s natural to want to help, but make sure you’re donating to a secure and trusted source. To protect yourself from this kind of fraud, the FTC put together a guide on how you can best use your dollars and avoid charity scams.

There is plenty of uncertainty surrounding Coronavirus, but it’s important to stay updated on the rapidly changing situation in our communities.

You can visit our website for the most recent Coronavirus-related updates on our branches and services. If you are experiencing any financial difficulties during this time, please call us at (262) 796-4500.

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