March 21, 2020

Tips to Avoid Coronavirus (COVID-19) Scams

During a local and national emergency, scammers may try take advantage of you.  

To protect yourself from scams remember the following:

(1) If you receive an email message concerning COVID19 from an unknown or suspicious looking sender, do not click on any links within the email.  Your best source of information will be your local county health department of CDC website.

(2) Do not order medicines claiming to be "vaccines" from any online sources.  Always check with your licensed medical provider first.

(3) Report anyone promising to sell you high-demand items for exorbitant prices.  All states have rules concerning price gouging during times of emergency.  Price gouging is illegal.

(4) Do not respond to unsolicited phone calls requesting remote access to your computer.  Hang up the phone if someone asks you for access.

(5) Be aware of unusual payment requests when conducting any online transaction such as gift cards, cryptocurrencies, ITunes cards or other uncommon payment methods.

Following these tips and using common sense will help you avoid being the victim of a scam.  Remember, if it doesn't sound or feel right, trust your instincts.