COVID-19 Fake Check Scams:
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.