Falling for scams can be a disaster. Scammers con people out of their money during times of stress including health emergencies like the COVID pandemic. They might come up with a fake charity and ask for donations or try to sell you a phony cure or treatment during a health emergency. Below are some easy tips to avoid scams. You can get additional information here.
- Don't share social security, Medicare ID numbers, or financial information with someone you don't know who contacts you in person, by phone, text message, social media message, or email.
- Be wary if someone asks you for money by wire transfer, gift cards, or a mobile payment app or asks you to cash their check and send a portion of the money back.
Report scams to FTC.gov/complaint.