Months into the Coronavirus Pandemic, we are all aware of many safety measurements to take to help prevent the spread of the virus, and stay protected from becoming infected. Washing our hands, wearing our masks, limiting our contact with others – the list goes on. However, during these times, we also need to remember to stay safe when it comes to various scams whether in person or on our computers or phones.
There are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to certain recurring and common payments. Most companies will not be coming to your door demanding immediate payment for outstanding bills, nor should anybody be asking for any additional money due to anything new “because of coronavirus”. If anybody is claiming to be from a specific company, you can verify that they are who they say they are – asking for ID, or calling their supposed company to check and verify name and employment.
Now is also a time to be cautious not only of potential phishing email scams, but also to be wary of texts that may be suspicious. While the IRS is still trying to distribute pandemic relief, they are not texting you in regards to a second stimulus check. Scammers are taking advantage of the pandemic by trying to steal people’s money or financial information by sending fraudulent text messages. The text-message scam reads: “You have received a direct deposit of $1,200 from covid-19 TREAS FUND. Further action is required to accept this payment into your account. Continue here to accept this payment,”. If you receive this text, you do not want to click the link as it will drive to a fake phishing Web address. Instead, you can screenshot the text and send the picture to firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is just as important to stay vigilant of your physical health while also being mindful of scammers taking advantage of the pandemic, to protect against other types of scams and threats. If you would like more information, tips, or have concerns or questions about any type of potential scam, feel free to contact the office.