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BEWARE THE COVID SCAMS

Unfortunately, fraud reports have spiked due to uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and scammers exploiting the crisis to find new ways to cash in at the expense of residents. Rebecca Havely offers these examples from the Federal Trade Commission of common frauds and tips on how to recognize them to avoid being scammed…
To avoid being scammed, learn how to tell the difference between a real contact tracer and a scammer. Legitimate tracers need health information, not money or personal financial information.
Don’t respond to texts, emails or calls about checks from the government.
Ignore offers for vaccinations and home test kits. Scammers are selling products to treat or prevent COVID-19 without proof that they work.
Be wary of ads for test kits. Most test kits being advertised have not been approved by the FDA, and aren’t necessarily accurate.
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. And don’t click on links from sources you don’t know.
Do your homework when it comes to donations. Never donate in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money.

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2020/06/help-covid-19-contact-tracers-not-scammers

www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2020/04/coronavirus-stimulus-payment-scams-what-you-need-know

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0259-robocalls#legal

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/how-recognize-and-avoid-phishing-scams

BEWARE OF CONTACT TRACING SCAMS

Contact tracing is the process of identifying people who have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, instructing them to quarantine and monitoring their symptoms daily. The Federal Trade Commission reports that residents are now getting spam text messages from scammers who are pretending to be contact tracers. Ernest Figueroa has more information about how you can not fall for this scam…

There’s no question, contact tracing plays a vital role in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19. But scammers, pretending to be contact tracers are taking advantage of how the process works. Here are tips to know if you are being contacted by a scammer pretending to be a contact tracer:

Real contact tracers won’t ask you for money, and they will not ask for payment by gift card, money transfer, or cryptocurrency. Contact tracing doesn’t require your bank account or credit card number. Don’t share this information with anyone. Legitimate contact tracers will never ask for your Social Security number.Your immigration status doesn’t matter for contact tracing, so real tracers won’t ask. Do not click on a link in a text or email. Doing so can download malware onto your device. Be wary of suspicious emails, phone calls, and text messages. Contact your local health department to verify that the call or messages are valid, think before clicking on any links, and be aware of suspicious attachments.

BEWARE THE SOCIAL SECURITY SCAM

Receiving a phone call that your Social Security number has been compromised can be frightening. Managing editor Tami Roleff warns residents not to believe callers who say they’re from the Social Security Administration…

“This is Jenna calling you from the head office of Social Security Administration.”

The typical scam phone call will start something like this.

“Your Social Security number is compromised and used for illegal activities. It will be suspended today.”

The callers then warn what will happen if you don’t respond to their calls.

“We will freeze your assets and forfeit it.”

If you answer the phone call, the caller will start asking personal questions such as date of birth, mother’s maiden name, and where you are born.

If you get a call like this, don’t give out any personal information. Hang up and contact the Federal Trade Commission and the Social Security Administration to let them know about the scam phone calls.

More information:

https://oig.ssa.gov/scams-involving-impersonation-ssa-employee

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2018/01/scammers-impersonate-social-security-administration

BEWARE OF THE CONTACT TRACER SCAMS

Contact tracing is the process of identifying people who have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, instructing them to quarantine and monitoring their symptoms daily. The Federal Trade Commission reports that residents are now getting spam messages from scammers who are pretending to be contact tracers. Ernest Figueroa has more information about how you can not fall for this scam…

There’s no question, contact tracing plays a vital role in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19. But scammers, pretending to be contact tracers are taking advantage of how the process works. Here are tips to know if you are being contacted by a scammer pretending to be a contact tracer:

Real contact tracers won’t ask you for money, and they will not ask for payment by gift card, money transfer, or cryptocurrency.

Contact tracing doesn’t require your bank account or credit card number. Don’t share this information with anyone.

Legitimate contact tracers will never ask for your Social Security number.

Your immigration status doesn’t matter for contact tracing, so real tracers won’t ask.

Do not click on a link in a text or email. Doing so can download malware onto your device.

Be wary of suspicious emails, phone calls, and text messages. Contact your local health department to verify that the call or messages are valid, think before clicking on any links, and be aware of suspicious attachments.

BEWARE THE FALSE CONTACT TRACER SCAM

Contact tracing is the process of identifying people who have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, instructing them to quarantine and monitoring their symptoms daily. The Federal Trade Commission reports that residents are now getting spam text messages from scammers who pretending to be contact tracers. Hilary Sloane has more information about how you can not fall for this scam…

There’s no question, contact tracing plays a vital role in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19. But scammers, pretending to be contact tracers and taking advantage of how the process works, are also sending text messages. Unlike a legitimate text message from a health department, which only wants to let you know they’ll be calling, this message includes a link to click. Don’t take the bait. Clicking on the link will download software onto your device, giving scammers access to your personal and financial information. Ignore and delete these scam messages. 

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2020/05/covid-19-contact-tracing-text-message-scams