Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding the Coronavirus. They’re setting up websites to sell bogus products, and using fake emails, texts, and social media posts as a ruse to take your money and get your personal information.

Here are some tips to help you keep the scammers at bay:

Don’t click on links from sources you don’t know

It could download a virus onto your computer or device. Make sure the anti-malware and anti-virus software on your computer is up to date.

Watch out for fake emails

Watch for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or experts saying that they have information about the virus. For the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).oi

Ignore online offers for vaccinations

If you see ads touting prevention, treatment, or cure claims for the Coronavirus, ask yourself: if there’s been a medical breakthrough, would you be hearing it for the first time through an ad or sales pitch?

Double check donation sites

Do your homework when it comes to donations, whether through charities or crowdfunding sites. Don’t let anyone rush you into making a donation. If someone wants donations in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money, don’t do it.

Be alert to “investment opportunities”

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is warning people about online promotions, including on social media, claiming that the products or services of publicly-                             traded companies can prevent, detect, or cure coronavirus and that the stock of these                                     companies will dramatically increase in value as a result.

Day Air Credit Union works hard to protect your information. By following these tips, you will reduce the odds of falling victim to a Coronavirus scam.