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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...