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Don’t Let Your Guard Down during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Scammers are trying to take advantage of individuals during this historic time. There has been an uptick of emails with malicious attachments or links preying on COVID-19 and the desire to have more information.

These emails are drafted in an effort to trick victims into revealing sensitive information or donating to fraudulent charities or causes.

This is a reminder to be extra cautious when handling any communications with COVID-19 in the subject line, as part of an attachment or as a hyperlink. One should also be careful of calls related to COVID-19 or economic scams preying on individuals who are facing employment and economic hardships. Watch for these scams in phone calls, texts or social media posts.

Below are some friendly reminders:

  • Avoid clicking on links in unsolicited emails and be wary of email attachments.
  • Use trusted sources-such as legitimate, government websites. 
  • Do not reveal personal or financial information in an email, and do not respond to email solicitations for this information.
  • Verify a charity’s authenticity before making donations.

 Information provided by Regional Medical Center, Manchester, Iowa. 03/27/2020

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