Beware Of Fraud & Scams

Federal Trade Commission

According to the Federal Trade Commission consumer information, scammers are taking advantage of the fears surrounding Coronavirus. The agency has identified the following scams for consumers to stay a bay:
  • Hang up on robocalls.
  • Ignore online offers for vaccinations and home tests kits.
  • Fact-check information.
  • Know who you are buying from.
  • Don't respond to text and emails about checks from the government.
  • Don't click on links from sources you don't know.
  • Watch for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC
  • Do yours homework when it comes to donations. 

Department of Justice

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to impact the United States, phone scammers have seized the opportunity to prey on consumers with hoax text messages and robocalls offering free coronavirus testing kits. According to the Department of Justice, be aware that criminals are attempting to exploit COVID-19 worldwide through a variety of scams. There have been reports of:
  • Individuals and businesses selling fake cures for COVID-19 online and engaging in other forms of fraud.
  • Phishing emails from entities posing as the World Health Organization or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Malicious websites and apps that appear to share virus-related information to gain and lock access to your devices until payment is received. 
  • Seeking donations fraudulently for illegitimate or non-existent charitable organizations.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau advises to look out for  scammers that are constantly finding new ways to steal your money. You can protect yourself by knowing what to look out for:
  • Debt collection scams
  • Debt settlement and debt relief scams
  • Foreclosure relief scams
  • Imposter scams
  • Mail fraud
  • Mortgage closing scams
  • Lottery or prize scams
  • Wire or money transfer fraud