Scammers and fraudsters never seem to rest, and the COVID-19 pandemic has been no exception. They have used these extraordinary times to spin up new scams and retool well-worn scams with shiny new COVID-trappings, hoping to catch people unaware and scared. Fear is one of their best tools in getting consumers to hand over personal information like Social Security numbers (SSNs), account numbers, or even money. When people are already on edge with the pandemic it’s a perfect chance for them to take advantage of even normally cautious folks.
Check out the links below and learn about some of the latest scams that are going around and be prepared if they call or email you. You’ll also be ready to help if they try to take advantage of a loved one or friend.
- Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s page on COVID scams
- Federal Trade Commission’s page on COVID scams
- Internal Revenue Service’s page on COVID scams
- Indiana Attorney-General’s page on work from home scams
The money you save may be your own!