COVID-19 Update: Third Round Stimulus Checks

COVID-19 Fake Check Scams:

posted on Wednesday, April 7, 2021

COVID-19 Fake Check Scams:

Fake check scams continue to be an issue as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. These scams have been reported to come in multiple ways, such as people thinking they are receiving money from a new job, prize money in the mail from lottery/sweepstakes that people didn't enter in, and much more.

Whatever situation arises, the scammer's goal always remains the same – to strike more fear into individuals and make them more susceptible to being scammed.

Protect Yourself:

When a check comes in, answer the following questions BEFORE your deposit your check:

  • Is the check for the amount you expected?
  • Did you receive specific instructions on how to deposit the check?
  • Are you asked to send money back using an immediate form of payment such as a money order, gift card, wire transfer, or mobile payment?
  • Are you directed to act quickly to make the deposit and return the money?

If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, don't deposit the check.

Other COVID-19 Scams:

The Federal-Trade Commision (FTC) is warning consumers of the following coronavirus- related scams:

  • Watch for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or experts saying they have information about the virus. For the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • Hang up on robocalls. Don’t press any numbers. Scammers are using illegal robocalls to pitch everything from scam Coronavirus treatments to work-at-home schemes. The recording might say that pressing a number will let you speak to a live operator or remove you from their call list, but it might lead to more robocalls, instead.
  • Ignore online offers for vaccinations and home test kits. Scammers are trying to get you to buy products that aren’t proven to treat or prevent the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) — online or in stores. At this time, there also are no FDA-authorized home test kits for the Coronavirus. Visit the FDA to learn more.
  • Know who you’re buying from. Online sellers may claim to have in-demand products, like cleaning, household, and health and medical supplies when, in fact, they don’t.
  • Don’t click on links from sources you don’t know. They could download viruses onto your computer or device.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is warning consumers of the following coronavirus- related scams:

  • Avoid clicking on links in unsolicited emails and be wary of email attachments. See Using Caution with Email Attachments and Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Scams for more information.
  • Do not reveal personal or financial information in email, and do not respond to email solicitations for this information.
  • Use trusted sources—such as legitimate, government websites—for up-to-date, fact-based information about COVID-19.
  • Verify a charity’s authenticity before making donations. Review the Federal Trade Commission’s page on Charity Scams for more information.
  • Review CISA Insights on Risk Management for COVID-19 for more information.

During these uncertain times it is important to remain vigilant and take the proper precautions to avoid being scammed over the internet.