Unfortunately, there are people who choose to try and exploit others during difficult times. We recommend you read the National Credit Union Association Fraud Prevention Center tips on how to protect yourself against scammers.
Fraudsters are leveraging fears over the coronavirus as an opportunity for new scams. Please be on the lookout for the following scams that we have been made aware of:
- Individuals and businesses selling fake cures and tests 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.
Additional information on coronavirus scams can be found on the Federal Trade Commission’s website.
The IRS urges taxpayers to be on the lookout for scam artists trying to use the economic stimulus payments as a cover for schemes to steal personal information and money. Please remember, the IRS will not call, text you, email you or contact you on social media asking for personal or credit union account information. Also, do not open attachments or click on links claiming to have special information about economic stimulus payments or refunds.
If you think you are a victim of a scam or attempted fraud involving COVID-19, individuals can report it through:
- The National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Report it to the FBI at tips.fbi.gov
- If it’s a cyber scam, submit your complaint through https://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx
- Contact your local law enforcement
We care about you and want you to stay safe!