Scammers may try to take advantage of the current situation surrounding the Novel Coronavirus. Please keep in mind that you may receive unsolicited e-mails or phone calls asking for donations, attempting to sell you a cure, or potentially asking for your banking information. It is important that you do your research and not provide your personal or banking information in these instances.
The Federal Trade Commission offers advice and recommendations on how to avoid these scams. Please visit the FTC for more information.
General Warning Signs of Scams & Frauds
- Has someone called or emailed you claiming to be a representative of the IRS or another entity of the US Government?
- Has someone contacted you to say you won the lottery, but taxes need to be paid upfront?
- Has someone asked you to purchase prepaid gift cards to send to them as payment for something?
- Has someone asked for your bank account number, credit card number, debit card number and/or PIN number?
- Have you received a call from a “relative” in trouble? Are they asking for funds to be sent via Western Union?
- Have you received an email from someone requesting that you wire funds from your account?
- Has someone threatened you or a family member if you do not comply with their instructions?
- Are you being pressured to “act now”?
- Have you been instructed to keep the transaction a secret?
All of the above are just some indicators of financial scams & fraud. Please remember, if something doesn’t seem right, it likely isn’t. Slow down, walk away, call back; take some time to research the request. Tell a trusted advisor. Remember anyone can be a victim of financial exploitation. You are not alone.