Protecting Yourself from Coronavirus Scams
Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19). Be cautious and keep the following tips in mind:
- Don’t click on links from sources you don’t know.
- For the most up-to-date information about the coronavirus, visit trusted websites such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.
- Ignore online offers for vaccinations. Don’t trust ads touting prevention, treatment, or cure claims for the coronavirus.
- Do your homework when it comes to donations. If someone wants donations in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money, don’t do it.
- Be alert to “investment opportunities.” The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is warning people about online promotions, including on social media, claiming that the products or services of publicly traded companies can prevent, detect, or cure the coronavirus and that the stock of these companies will dramatically increase in value as a result.
If you come across any suspicious claims, report them to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint. As a reminder, APCI Federal Credit Union will never send you an email or text asking for your personal information. If you get one that claims to be from us, report it immediately!
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