Cases are being reported of scammers taking advantage of the fear and uncertainty surrounding COVID-19. We want to help protect our clients, their families and their businesses from hucksters trying to profit off a national crisis.
SCAMS TARGETING SENIORS
The FCC has received reports of scams and hoaxes targeting seniors in particular. Examples include calls promising virus cures or tests as long as the senior gives over personal identifying information or payments.
Now that the stimulus bill has been approved, scammers are starting to call seniors asking for banking information to process the deposit. The government will NEVER ask for social security numbers, banking information or any personal information.
COVID RELATED SCAMS WARNINGS FOR ALL
Watch for emails or texts claiming to be from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or experts claiming to have inside information. These are bogus and you should never click on the email. Some of them might be scams for money or personal information or could be phishing attempts to get into your computer.
The FCC has received reports of robocalls purporting to offer free virus test kits, in an effort to collect consumers’ personal and health insurance information. One version of this scam is targeting higher-risk individuals with diabetes, offering a free COVID-19 testing kit along with a free diabetic monitor. Other robocalls are marketing fake cures and asking for payment over the phone.Read More