Posted April 13, 2020
While we are only weeks into the COVID-19 pandemic, some individuals have decided to prey on people’s fear by scamming them. Yes, across the nation, those who are desperate to receive their unemployment or relief check are being manipulated by scammers calling them to take immediate action or they won’t receive their funds.
Red Flags of COVID-19 Scams – Scam Alerts
With so much uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, it’s no wonder why we may believe any amount of help or concrete direction to follow. Unfortunately, that is not how things work right now. There are ways you can protect yourself though. Be aware of these red flags when it comes to scam calls related to COVID-19 relief.
- If it’s out of the blue, it’s probably not true. Chances are if you receive a phone call from a supposed government agency or a contractor needing your Social Security number, credit card information, etc. without warning or prior notice that you would need to provide this information, it is not the real agency.
- People looking to raise funds for a medical organization will try to tug at your heart. Right now, there are many credible organizations that are raising awareness, funds and collecting personal protective equipment for our medical members on the frontlines. But there are also a lot of scammers trying to take advantage of other’s goodwill. Be mindful of what you do on social media, what information you give over the phone or even send in the mail. Do your research before you give any personal information.
- Wire transfers are never safe. If someone is telling you to make a payment via wire transfer, it is not legitimate. Never give your bank information or credit card information over the phone to someone you do not trust.
The bottom line is this: If you have a gut feeling that there is something amiss with the organization or individual seeking your information, then do not give them your information.
There are trusted resources on your unemployment and relief payments. Visit:
- USA.gov for information related to unemployment information
- IRS for information related to COVID-19 stimulus checks
- U.S. Small Business Administration for small business grants and loans during COVID-19
- U.S. Department of Labor for information pertaining to FMLA
While knowledge is power, scammers can still prey on us during this time of uncertainty and unease. If you have been involved in fraudulent activity masked as COVID-19 relief, unemployment information or non-profit organizations, do not hesitate to contact us.
I think I was involved in a COVID-19 scam. What should I do?
Do not feel ashamed, scammers are getting increasingly strong at manipulating our voice on the phone, accessing our banking information, and playing into our fears. If you have been scammed, call us. We are working with lawyers across the country to help as many Americans as possible during this uneasy time.
Posted in COVID-19.