Be Wary of COVID-19 Scams

Be wary of COVID-19 scams.  They are out there.  Many of the scams involve calls related to the stimulus checks issued by the federal government.  Scammers may try to get your confidential personal information or confidential banking information.  This information can be used to steal your identity, sell your confidential personal information on the dark web or steal from your accounts.  To avoid being scammed, keep in mind:

  • Government agencies will not contact you via social media, phone, text or email.
  • It is not required for you to verify your confidential personal information – for example, your social security number – or confidential banking information – for example, an account number – to receive your stimulus check.
  • Nobody can get your stimulus check faster.
  • There is no “processing fee” to get your stimulus check.

Some scammers are sophisticated.  Scammers can make an email or a website look like an official government email or an official government website.  If the person is pushing you to do something right away, it is probably a scam.  If the person is pushing you to give up confidential information right away, it is probably a scam.  When in doubt, assume it is a scam.

Some scammers are targeting the elderly, those that have trouble leaving their homes or those afraid to leave their homes.  They are offering help with errands, and running off with your money.  If you’re an older adult or a caregiver for one, you may need help picking up groceries, prescriptions, and other necessary supplies. If someone you don’t know offers to help, be wary. Some scammers offer to buy supplies but never return with the goods or your money. It’s usually safer to find a trusted friend or neighbor or arrange a delivery with a well-known company.

If you’re ordering supplies online, know who you’re buying from. Online sellers may claim to have in-demand products, like cleaning, household, and medical supplies when, in fact, they don’t. Use an established delivery service or order directly from the store. Many grocery stores and pharmacies are offering contactless delivery.

If you think someone might be trying to scam you, or if you think you have been scammed, please feel free to call Treinen Law Office.  We are working remotely, but we will return your call as quick as we can, usually within 24 hours.

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