Avoiding COVID-19 scams

FBI urges vigilance during COVID-19 Pandemic. To report scams, call 1-866-720-5721 and remember: children who are home from school and spending more time online may be at increased risk for exploitation; anyone can be targeted by hackers and scammers; and protecting civil rights and investigating hate crimes remain a high priority for the FBI.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau/Mobile banking: Read safety tips on mobile banking and mobile payments.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC): Ignore emails claiming to be from the CDC; ignore online offers for vaccinations.

U.S. Secret Service: Watch out for phishing scams posing as medical or health providers, charity scams on social media.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission: Beware internet and social media promotions claiming that products or services “prevent, detect, or cure coronavirus” and that the stock of providing companies will increase in value.

Info courtesy of the FRB of Atlanta