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Scams Continue to Rise During COVID

COVID-19 Scams Continue

As businesses start reopening and people begin returning to work throughout the country, the initial thought was that COVID-19 scams would cease. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. If anything, they are continuing. Some might even say they are growing as people begin to return to the office and life begins to take on the appearance of a new normal. Scammers are viewing this as an opportunity to use COVID-19 for their own purposes.

Here are some of the scams that are going around at the moment that we want to point out to our members.


COVID-19 Contact Tracing Scams

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently released a warning about this particular text message scam.1 Scammers send text messages that closely mirror actual text messages sent on behalf of the department of health in individual states. Contract tracing is a process where the state’s health department works with those infected with the coronavirus to alert others they may have been in contact with.

The real contact tracing messages do not ask for any personal, financial, or identifying information from recipients. The scam messages, on the other hand, do. If you receive a similar message and they ask for your Social Security number, bank account information, or credit card information, it is a scam.

Also, “contact tracing” text messages asking you to click on a link are scam text messages. Do not click on the link. Other scams to be on the lookout for include:

The problem with these scams is that they can look surprisingly official. Many of them claim to be from actual government agencies promising help to desperate, afraid, and confused people. Unfortunately, high-risk individuals, such as the elderly, are more frequently targeted.

As you can see, there is no shortage of scams out there. Now, as businesses are returning to work and opening their doors, scammers are targeting business owners. These come in the form of emails, texts, and phone calls promising government grants, additional Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) payments, and more. Scammers thrive in environments of confusion. Preventing fraud is the best way to fight it.


How You Can Help Yourself

We’re all navigating uncharted waters at the moment. This is something new for everyone. That doesn’t mean there aren’t things you can do to protect yourself.

Here are some of the actions you can take to protect yourself from many of these scams.

Prevention is the best cure, and these steps will help you avoid some of the dangerous COVID-19 scams going around at the moment.


We’re Here to Help!

As the nation begins to reopen, scams related to COVID-19 will continue. It’s important to remain vigilant and take steps to actively prevent fraud on your accounts. As your credit union, we invest heavily in security systems to ensure the privacy and protection of your accounts. However, scams directly targeting people through text messages, emails, and phone calls still occur.

If you feel you were a victim of a scam and your financial accounts are affected, please call (315) 671-4000 or chat with us as soon as possible.



Each individual’s financial situation is unique and readers are encouraged to contact the Credit Union when seeking financial advice on the products and services discussed. This article is for educational purposes only; the authors assume no legal responsibility for the completeness or accuracy of the contents.

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