The government’s assistance checks are expected to start rolling out any day now.Â This is a very important time to remain vigilant about scams…what you click on, who your respond to and what information you are giving out.Â There is some serious money on the line and the bad guys are out to get to it.
Here are some tips from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on how to avoid getting scammed – read the full article at ftc.gov.
Avoid Coronavirus Scams
- Donâ€™t respond to texts, emails or calls about checks from the government. The details are still coming together.
- Ignore online offers for vaccinations and home test kits. There are no products proven to treat or prevent COVID-19 at this time.
- Hang up on robocalls. Scammers are using illegal robocalls to pitch everything from low-priced health insurance to work-at-home schemes.
- Watch for emails claiming to be from the CDC or WHO. Use sites like coronavirus.gov and usa.gov/coronavirus to get the latest information.Â And donâ€™t click on links from sources you donâ€™t know.
- Do your homework when it comes to donations. Never donate in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money