These are confusing and challenging times for many Americans. Sadly, there are criminals out there who understand that trying times are the ideal conditions for scamming others. The IRS has provided us with some tips about current scams that we wanted to share with you.
- Robocalls making fraudulent offers to sell respirator masks and other sought after supplies with intent of delivering.
- Fake COVID-19 related apps and websites that install malware or ransomware.
- Phishing emails asking for money or presenting malware.
- Social media scams fraudulently seeking donations or claiming to provide stimulus funds.
- Sales of fake testing kits, cures, immunity pills, and protective equipment from fraudulent sources and that requires the recipient to enter his or her bank account number.
- Fraudulent offers for free COVID-19 testing in order to obtain Medicare beneficiary information that is used to submit false medical claims for unrelated unnecessary, or fictitious testing or services.
- Prescription drug schemes involving the submission of medical claims for unnecessary antiretroviral treatments or other drugs that are marketing as purported cures for COVID-19.
- Antiviral treatments or other drugs that are marketed as purported cures for COVID-19.
- Scams involving the IRS Stimulus payments including calls from individuals attempting to obtain personal information. The IRS will not call, email, or text to verify payment details.
As your community bank, we want to remind you that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Remember that your bank, local government, and IRS will not contact you to request your personal information, social security number or account information. We encourage you to be cautious, to ask questions and to safeguard your personal information.
If you feel that you have been victim to a scam, please notify the United States Attorney General.