Consumer Alert: Beware of COVID-19 Frauds
April 15, 2020
Scammers ramp up their efforts during tax season and, with the coming of the stimulus checks to Americans, they are concocting more frauds to take your money. They will also try to take advantage of people’s anxiety about COVID-19.
The IRS and other government agencies never contact anyone by phone, email or text to ask for personal information. The same is true for legitimate financial institutions such as Aloha Pacific FCU.
- Never give personal information to an unknown source.
- Never click on a link or open an attachment from an unknown source.
- Be sure to check if a charity is legitimate before donating.
- Do not give money under threat of (fake) police or IRS action.
- If someone asks for a fee in order to send you the stimulus check, that is a scam. No fees are required.
- If someone tries to sell a vaccine for COVID-19, that is a scam. There is no vaccine.
- Beware of a new version of the "grandparents scheme" in which a caller identifies himself/herself as a grandchild in urgent need of money because of COVID-19 hospitalization. Always double check with other family members to see if the call is legitimate.
More guidance is provided by the Federal Trade Commission.