Protect yourself: Coronavirus-related fraud video
The world looks different these days. We’re all at home more. And we’re all online more.
And unfortunately, so are the scammers.
Some people see the current situation as an opportunity, a way to capitalize on fear, on worry – and even optimism.
Do a little research before you: Download anything to your computer – such as tools to help you work remotely. These links can be malware.
Be wary of purchasing any product claiming to “cure” coronavirus. You may lose money, or you may be asked to provide sensitive data.
When there’s a vaccine, a reputable government organization will announce it – such as the Centers for Disease Control in the U.S. and Health Canada from the Government of Canada.
Look out for claims of perfect investments or anything else with a guaranteed return. These scams typically are trying to get you to share your bank account information.
While older adults do tend to be more at risk – especially now, as they are more isolated than ever before – ultimately, bad guys don’t care who are you.
Be extra vigilant with: Fishy phone calls and email solicitations asking for personnel or sensitive information.
Often a second look is all it takes to keep yourself safe. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
And be sure to check in and share knowledge with those you love.