Coronavirus Scams Prevention Methods
As COVID-19 rages on, so too do the financial scams related to the virus. Scammers are taking advantage of the pandemic to con people into giving up their money and they’re using a full suite of scam tools to do so. During this time of uncertainty, knowing how to prevent scams is key. Use these prevention methods to get started.
- Beware of phishing scams - Do not click on links or open any attachments or pop-ups from unfamiliar sources, and do not give your password, account number or PIN to anyone.
- Ignore offers for a COVID-19 vaccine - If there is a medical vaccine available or other treatment, it wouldn’t be reported through unsolicited emails or online ads.
- Rely on official sources for the most up-to-date information - Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, and your state’s health department websites to keep track of the latest developments.
- Research before making a donation - Be cautious of any business, charity, or individual requesting coronavirus-related donations in cash, by wire transfer, gift card or through the mail.
- Keep your computers and mobile devices up to date - The latest security software, web browser, and operating systems are the best defenses against viruses, malware, and online threats.
- Enable MFA - Multi-factor authentication is an important second step to verify who you are on certain accounts, like a text with a code.
- Thoroughly research investment opportunities - You should be suspicious of any company claiming the ability to prevent, detect or cure COVID-19.
- Report coronavirus scams – You can visit www.ic3.gov to file reports on scams and you can learn more about the latest scams and prevention methods by visiting ftc.gov/coronavirus.