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Times of crisis scams and how to protect against them

Unfortunately, scammers and fraudsters take advantage of people when the majority of people are at their most vulnerable. Crisis and financial hardship are two of the most ideal times for fraudsters to attack, because they know the average citizen is just trying to figure out how to make a bad situation better.

Charity scams: Fraudsters ask you for donations for organizations and causes that are really illegitimate or non-existent.

Provider scams: Scammers contact you acting like a doctor or hospital staff. They tell you that a loved one has been treated for a recent sickness and you owe them payment.

Phishing and supply scams: You are contacted by a health organization or business claiming they have access to important medical testing kits, supplies, vaccines, or even medical cures. What they want is for you to provide valuable personal information, like credit card numbers, banking accounts, medical information, or more.

Stimulus check or economic relief scams: When the government provides stimulus checks or unemployment funding scammers will contact you posing as a government employee or the IRS. You will be told the only way to receive your money is be being assessed a fee or by providing your private banking information. In reality, the IRS already should already have your direct deposit information or address to send a check based on your past tax returns.

10 Tips to Avoid Becoming a Scam Victim

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