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Tips on Avoiding COVID-19 Scams

Be aware that fraudsters are exploiting the thirst for knowledge and updates about COVID-19 by launching Coronavirus-themed phishing attacks. Fake emails that are made to appear like they come from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO) actually contain an infected attachment or a link to a malicious website

The WHO posted an article on its website warning users of this scam and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) provided the following 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 for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or experts saying 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).
  • 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 about it for the first time through an ad or sales pitch?
  • 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 U.S. 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.

Please be vigilant and remember that Campus Federal will never contact you by text, email or phone and ask you to provide your member number, account number or PIN. Important Campus Federal updates on our response to COVID-19 can be found in News/Media.