Scammers are targeting everyone
Think of today’s situation like an unlocked car with a tank full of gas and the keys left in the ignition. What crook wouldn’t be tempted? Are you that car, just waiting to be hijacked?
The advise is simple and clear: Lock your car, take your keys! That means ignoring the next ad or offer you spot on social media sites, by text or by email, for some sort of COVID-19 testing kit or treatment. The same is true for any email you get relating to some so-called essential step necessary to receive a stimulus check from the government. There is a lot of confusion out there about salaries and benefits, lay-offs and call-backs. There is a lot of panic, too, and that’s what attracts the thieves.
We already hear reports that scammers are demanding your bank account information -- so that you can get a stimulus check directly deposited into your account. Sounds logical but don’t do it! Do not divulge personal credit information!
Phishing, texts and impersonation scams are a constant threat. As our government issues or extends “stay home” directives, scammers are attracted to this unique opportunity where millions of people will have less contact with friends, family and religious communities. They will be on edge, worried. Unfortunately the mainstream media spreads fear, claiming to be providing information, and it is that fear and loneliness which feeds the scammers.
Since we are isolated, we won’t be around people or family who might alert us to the newest scam warnings. While we’re home, we won’t be any safer from the scammers. But we do have the time to be careful – even to check out every request and order which might arrive. Ask advice from family members by phone or text. Do not let loneliness make us vulnerable. Keep your personal info personal!!