March 2, 2021
Confusion, fear and isolation are a trifecta for scammers. That makes this time of COVID-19 a scammer’s dream come true. There has been confusion surrounding COVID testing and the roll out of the vaccine leading to fear and anxiety of getting sick. As we are still social distancing, we all know about the isolation. The FTC has some ideas to work into a conversation with those that have ben isolated to help protect them from scams.
- Scammers have lots of fake stories: early or guaranteed access to vaccines (no such thing), you’ve won a prize (you haven’t), your computer needs tech support (it doesn’t), they’re an online love interest (not if they want money).
- Whatever their story, scammers want you to pay or share your personal information.
- Nobody legit will ever (EVER) tell you to pay by gift card, money transfer, or cryptocurrency.
- No government agency will ever call/email/text to ask you for money, your Social Security, bank account, or credit card number.
Read the full article and help keep our loved ones safe.
Source: Federal Trade Commission