As we are dealing with the uncertainties of Covid-19, scammers are using this time to take advantage of the vulnerable and conning them out of their money. Due to limited socialization with family and friends, the 65+ population is at an increased risk of being scammed. The first step to preventing this, is being aware of different Covid-19 related scams and taking appropriate action to protect your assets.
Because the older population is more susceptible to contracting the virus, there maybe fear of exposure. Therefore they may relay on assistance for help with errands and meeting other essential needs. It is important to use extra caution when accepting help from others. Be sure to use trusted delivery services. Here are a few coronavirus related scams to be on the lookout for.
- Scammers offering cures or air filter testing for Covid-19
- Charity scams related to coronavirus
- Scammers posing as someone in need
- Social security benefit scams related to coronavirus
- Phone call from the “IRS”
Scams come in many different forms. This includes mail fraud, threatening phone calls, or text messages from unknown numbers. Never share any personal identifiable information such as your social security number, bank account number, or credit card information with anyone. If you suspect that you have been a victim of a scam, report this information to the Federal Trade Commission (202- 326-2222).
Take action! Contact these agencies for more information.
- Elder Locator -1-800-677-1116
- Social Security Scams– 1-800-269-0271
- Social Security Administration-1-800-772-1213
Get up-to-date information about coronavirus from these federal resources.