COVID-19 Scam Alert

Hi, I’m Pete Losavio, here to talk about alerts from the FBI and Department of Homeland Security that they have issued that criminals are using the COIVD-19 crisis to take a fresher tactic to getting your money. Here are some precautions that you can take to keep your money safe.

Hang up on robocalls, and don’t press any numbers. Criminals are using illegal robocalls to pitch COVID-19 treatments and work-at-home schemes. Press a number to be removed from a list and you’ll likely get more calls. Ignore online offers for vaccinations and unproven home test kits.

Ignore texts and emails about cash from the government. Stimulus checks will be delivered. According to FTC, anyone who tells you that they can get you your money now is a scammer.

Be leery of emails that claim to be from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention or claim that they have information about the virus. For the most update information about COVID-19, visit the websites of the CDC or World Health Organization (WHO).

Malware and phishing scams are on the uptick. Legitimate companies will never ask you to verify passwords or usernames via email. Criminals will.

Do you see misspelled words or grammatical mistakes? That is a sure sign that the official-looking email originated from a suspicious source.

Please be aware that there is a potential for fraud at this time.

Please be careful. We are living in uncertain times. While I am confident that this will pass, uncertainty breeds fear. There are criminals all over the world ready to cash in on your fear. Be careful, be safe, stay healthy.