Scammers are always on the ready to take advantage. The pandemic has caused lots of uncertainty, financial concerns and vaccination confusion. Here are some tips to help you avoid scams during difficult or ordinary times.
- Hang up on robocalls. The IRS usually, will not call you. They almost always contact you by US mail. Scammers like to pretend to be the government to get your money or information.
- Watch out for phishing emails and text messages. Don’t click on links or texts you didn’t expect.
- Contact trusted sources for information on vaccines. Check with the local health departments, your health care provider or pharmacist.
- Don’t share your personal, financial, or health information with people you don’t know. No one from a legitimate vaccine distribution site will call, text or email you asking for your Social Security, credit card, or bank account number to sign you up to get the vaccine.
- Research before you donate to charities. Never donate in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money.
Scammers are creative and often convincing. Knowing about possible scams is a good first step towards preventing them.
“Who is going to believe a con artist? Everyone, if she is good.” Andy Griffith