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