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Avoid Scams

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3 Tips to Avoid Scams

Due to the current health crisis, scammers are taking advantage of vulnerable citizens. We gathered these tips from reliable sources to help you and your loved ones avoid falling victim to today’s most prevalent scams.
 
Emails – People have reported receiving fake emails from the Center for Disease Control (CDC). To be extra safe, visit the CDC’s website on your own for up-to-date information about the Coronavirus instead of clicking on any links in an email. Accidently clicking a malicious link could result in downloading a virus to your computer which could allow a hacker to access your personal information.

IRS Stimulus Check – There have been reports of scammers calling people and posing as the IRS to collect bank information in order to deposit your stimulus check. The IRS will not contact you by phone, email, text message or social media with information about your stimulus payment, or to ask you for your Social Security number, bank account, or government benefits debit card account number. The IRS has a dedicated website for you to submit your bank information if you didn’t file your taxes in the past two years. Otherwise, the IRS will use the information from your 2018 or 2019 taxes to supply your stimulus check. See more tips to avoid IRS stimulus payment scams, here.

Facebook surveys and questionnaires – Boredom has officially set in and filling out surveys on social media seems like a fun way to pass the time, but not so fast. Scammers could use that information to guess at passwords and security questions. Think twice before you fill out that survey!
 
Keep these tips in mind to keep you and your personal information safe from hackers. For more tips and information visit the CDC website, here. If you have questions about your stimulus payment, you can check the IRS website, here
 
References:
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2020/02/coronavirus-scammers-follow-headlines
https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2020/04/coronavirus-stimulus-payment-scams-what-you-need-know



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