As we are still in the grips of this horrendous pandemic there are people taking advantage of the situation with new scams.
According to IdentityForce, you should be wary of scam social media posts and emails with fake information about COVID-19. Since the beginning of the pandemic there have been “an increased numbers of hackers creating malicious websites that spoof legitimate public health resources.”
So far in the pandemic the most common scams are:
- Fake Charities
- Fake vaccines
- Fraudulent investment sites
- Fraudulent vendors for masks and hand sanitizers
- Fake employments posts
- Fake health organization communications
The hoaxers have even gone so far as to set up fake drive thru testing sites!
Over the years we have almost become accustom to scam calls and texts. Now, more than ever, we have to be vigilant. The scammers are learning new ways to get ahold of your confidential information.
How can you spot a fake? It is getting harder and harder to separate what is legitimate and what isn’t. Here are a few tips to help cut down your risk:
- Never give out personal confidential information to someone you do not know – the government, nor banks, would call you asking for such information
- Don’t respond to texts, emails or calls about checks from the government
- Hang up on robocalls
- Ignore offers for vaccinations and home test kits
- Do your homework – research and confirm the identity of any charities before donating
Please always be aware of your surroundings and interactions online and offline.