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COVID-19 Financial and Identity Scams

Post Date:03/25/2020 9:00 AM

Unfortunately, the recent Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has provided another opportunity for scammers looking to take advantage of the situation. They may pose as a medical worker calling for your information or ask for money for emergency treatment on a supposed family member.  They may pose as a financial institution or a bank and try to scare you into transferring funds. They may even allege to be a friend or a family member that is stuck in another country and in need money to return home. Also, the scammers may send you a text or email claiming to have your government stimulus check and thereby stating that they need your information to send it.

With numerous instances of these scams occurring nationwide, it is important to remember the following tips to avoid becoming a victim:

  • Don’t answer phone calls that are unfamiliar to you. Let the caller leave a message and fact check its contents. Often times these scammers try to get you to make an emotional response before you can think it through.
  • Don't click on any email or text message links from those you are unfamiliar with. Doing so can infect your device with a virus.
  • Know that any updated information on a local or national level will be posted on official government websites. You can find information and resources at: https://www.elkgrove.org/government/covid-19-updates-community-information
  • If you are unsure about any unsolicited contact whether from phone, text, letter, or email, never give personal information, financial information, social security number, or anything else that could be used against you. Rather, get the caller's information and verify by contacting these institutions directly and not from contacts and telephone numbers they provide.

The Elk Grove Village Police Department remains committed to the needs of the community. Please report any and all suspicious circumstances immediately by calling 9-1-1.

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