Protect yourself from Coronavirus scams with knowledge and the resources provided by places such as the FTC or the IRS.    The only way to protect yourself and your loved ones from these and other scams is to be aware and alert.  Fraud, identity theft, and cybersecurity risks are all on the rise as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  In a world that has recently transitioned to a more virtual environment, fraudsters are seeking new and creative ways to exploit vulnerabilities.

The FTC has compiled a list of five things you can do to avoid a Coronavirus scam:

  1. Ignore offers for vaccinations and home test kits.
    Scammers are selling products to treat or prevent COVID-19 without proof that they work.
  2. Hang up on robocalls.
    Scammers use illegal sales calls to get your money and your personal information.
  3. Watch out for phishing emails and text messages.
    Don’t click on links in emails or texts you didn’t expect.
  4. Research before you donate.
    Don’t let anyone rush you into making a donation. Get tips on donating wisely at ftc.gov/charity
  5. Stay in the know.
    Go to ftc.gov/coronavirus/scams for the latest information on scams.  

If you spot one of these scams, or any scam at all, please report it to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint .  If you have reason to believe that you have fallen victim to any fraud that may affected your accounts at the credit union, please call us at 315-471-4621 as soon as possible so we can help protect you.