The FBI and Department of Homeland Security recently issued alerts that criminals are using the COVID-19 health crisis an opportunity to steal people’s hard-earned money. If you want to make sure your funds are protected from scammers during these uncertain times, then you need to take the following precautions to keep your money safe:
- Hang-Up on Robocalls: If you get an automated call, don’t press any numbers, just end the call. Criminals are using illegal robocalls to pitch COVID-19 treatments and work-at-home schemes. If you press a number to be removed from a list, you’ll likely get more calls from scammers. Ignore any online offers you come across for vaccinations or unproven home testing kits.
- Ignore Texts About Stimulus Money: Every taxpayer in the country is expecting a government stimulus check. However, these checks will either be delivered to your home or deposited directly to the bank account you have on file with the IRS. If you receive any texts or emails about cash from the government, ignore it. According to FTC, anyone who tells you that they can get you your money now is a scammer.
- Double Check Information: Be leery of emails that claim to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or claim that they have information about the virus. For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19, visit the websites of the CDC or the World Health Organization (WHO).
- Malware & Phishing Scams: According to law enforcement officials, malware and phishing scams are on the uptick. Legitimate companies will never ask you to verify passwords or usernames via email. Criminals will. Ignore emails requesting your password credentials.
- Read Messages Closely: Do you see misspelled words or grammatical mistakes? That is a sure sign that the official-looking email originated from a suspicious source.
Speak to Our Estate Planning & Elder Law Attorney
Our legal team at Losavio & DeJean, LLC, The Louisiana Elder Law Firm are asking clients to please be aware that the potential for fraud is very real at this time. We are living in uncertain times, and while we are confident that this will pass, uncertainty breeds fear. There are criminals all over the world ready to cash in on your fear, so be careful, safe, and stay healthy.