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Coronavirus Scams

Coronavirus Scams

Coronavirus Scams Difficult and stressful times bring out demonstrations of great compassion and altruism. Unfortunately, these times also present a rich opportunity for scammers and fraudsters to take advantage of uncertain situations and vulnerable persons. The presence of the current coronavirus compels us to take the necessary precautions to protect our health. At the same time, it is equally important to safeguard our financial and overall wellbeing. Our friends, family, and community members are facing new circumstances, and with social distancing, many may not have access to traditional support systems to provide guidance, caution, and protection.   Below are some alerts and tips to help minimize the risk these exploitative opportunists present. Protect Your Personal Information ALERT: Previous scams are being re-purposed to solicit funds from the unsuspecting public. Government services, local police, research institutes, and health care services will not call you making threats, while demanding action, payments, or contributions. Legitimate government offices will not send you an email or text asking you to click on a link or attachment to access or confirm your personal or financial information. Furthermore, government offices will not contact you for personal, banking, or financial information in order to send you any form of relief funding. Government offices will not ask you for advance fees to provide you with relief funding or loans. TIPS: If you do not know the caller, and if you did not initiate the contact, hang up the phone. DO NOT provide any personal information. DO NOT send any money, gift cards, or bitcoins. DO NOT click on any links or attachments to access information or confirm your personal...
Times of Crisis:  The Opportunity to Dream Newer Visions

Times of Crisis: The Opportunity to Dream Newer Visions

Times of crisis bring out the best in us and the worst in us. In the last edition of Maturity Matters, we discussed how to protect ourselves from a number of new Covid-19 Scams introduced to exploit and take advantage of our friends and families. This edition looks at the other end of the spectrum – the opportunity to demonstrate the vision of our better angels. Shortly after preparing the article on the scams, I was invited to participate in an email chain that shared uplifting messages with other women. Historically, I have chosen to not respond to these types of chain requests. Something caused me to pause this time. If I would spend many hours researching how to protect folks from the worst of us, why would I not invest the same attention and energy to celebrate, inspire, and share the best in us? I made a leap of faith and decided to participate. While I forwarded to others on the list an impassioned video message on gratitude, I received, (thanks to Melanie Rupp) the following poem: Written in 1869 by Kathleen O’Mara: “And people stayed at home And read books And listened And they rested And did exercises And made art and played And learned new ways of being And stopped and listened More deeply Someone meditated, someone prayed Someone met their shadow And people began to think differently And people healed. And in the absence of people who Lived in ignorant ways Dangerous, meaningless, and heartless, The earth also began to heal And when the danger ended and People found themselves They grieved for the dead...