Protect Yourself from Coronavirus Scams

March 20, 2020

Unfortunately, during times of uncertainty, scammers attempt to prey on widespread fears in order to take advantage of consumers. Although the scams may have changed, the steps you can take to protect yourself are fundamentally the same. In addition to staying safe physically, we’d like to remind everyone about steps they should take to stay safe fiscally.

  • Be extra vigilant about phishing attempts and other cyber scams. Cyber criminals may send emails with malicious attachments or links to fraudulent websites to trick victims into revealing sensitive information. Avoid clicking on links in unsolicited emails and be wary of email attachments – especially in emails with a COVID-19 related subject line.
  • Do not reveal personal or financial information in response to email solicitations or inquiries. Ephrata National Bank will never send an email asking you to provide confidential information such as your social security number, account number, Online Banking password or ATM PIN number.
  • The same applies for the phone. Ephrata National Bank will never call and ask you to provide this information. If you have any doubt about information you are being asked to provide by phone, hang up and call us at (877) 773-6605.
  • Be on guard for fraudsters posing as charities soliciting donations on behalf of Coronavirus-related causes. Verify a charity’s authenticity before making donations. Review the Federal Trade Commission’s page on Charity Scams for more information.
  • Be on guard for imposters who contact you claiming to be government employees or volunteers and are asking for personal financial information or money.
  • Reject offers to cash a check for someone in exchange for a fee. Even if the bank happens to make the funds available right away, don’t consider this affirmation of the check’s legitimacy. It may later turn out the check was fraudulent.
  • Use trusted sources—such as legitimate, government websites—for up-to-date, fact-based information about COVID-19.

 

 

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