What To Watch Out For
You’re staying at home to protect your family from the spread of COVID-19. Unfortunately, some people will try and take advantage of the situation. Here’s what to watch out for online, on the phone, and even in person.
- Avoid fake contractors who say they can “sanitize” your house.
- Beware of scams online. An organization like the Centers for Disease Control has lots of important, accurate information — but it wouldn’t send an email to you. Don’t click links or open attachments you don’t recognize. Hackers can use that as a way to damage your computer.
- Check the facts. Social media is just one of the ways incorrect and harmful information is spread. A friend might tell you something they think is true or send a misleading link. Find out for yourself. Visit an official website like the one for your state.
- Only buy from trusted shops or reliable vendors. If you’ve never heard of a brand or store before, it could be a scam to get your credit card or online data.
- Protect against phishing. While the federal government is planning to distribute economic stimulus checks to Americans, government officials won’t ask for your private information. If someone is requesting your bank account number or other personal data before promising to send a check, it may be a scam.
- Say “no” to alleged healthcare workers who claim they have medical testing equipment, vaccinations, or supplies for you.
We want you and your family to stay safe during this extraordinary time. If you’re not sure if something is legitimate, talk to someone you trust or visit a reputable website.