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Beware of Scammers
The FBI is warning of increased scam attempts during this crisis. Unfortunately, fraudsters take advantage of crises like these to commit higher levels of fraud under the ruse of "crisis assistance." Below are some common themes we urge you to be aware of in order to avoid falling victim to savvy online criminals.
Fake cures, vaccines, medical supplies, or home testing kits for COVID-19
- There is currently no cure for the Coronavirus, and at this time, there are no FDA-authorized home test kits for the virus.
Websites and apps that claim to give virus-related updates
- Beware of malicious websites and apps that appear to share virus-related information in order to gain and lock access to your devices until payment is received (ransomware).
Economic Impact Payments / Stimulus Check Scams that:
- Offer early access to your payment.
- Use suspicious phrases such as "stimulus checks" or "stimulus payments," instead of the IRS-approved term of "economic impact payment."
- Send "phishy" emails or texts. Click here to learn more about phishing scams.
- Make bogus phone calls and texts claiming to be from the IRS asking for personal information.
- Mail a phony check.
Donation campaigns or charitable organizations for COVID-19
- Verify the authenticity of any website before making a purchase or donation.
- If anyone wants donations in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money, don't do it.
Phishing texts or emails
- Beware of emails that appear to be from people you know, but are actually scammers looking to steal your information. Click here to learn more about phishing scams.
Work from home schemes
- Cyber criminals may look to take advantage of the high number of Americans who have been laid off by posing as an organization looking to hire workers.
Keep in mind that government agencies will never contact you asking for personal details, such as account information, card numbers, Social Security Numbers, or online banking passwords or access codes, and neither will CB&T.
If you believe you have been the victim of a scam, or have any questions or concerns about scams, please contact us at 753-1521.