- Be aware of fraudulent calls. They will use any means possible to get you to give up information. If you do not recognize a number, it may be best to let it go to voicemail and then call back. Do not call back messages left by machines. Another fraud attempt may use the government stimulus payout ($1,000) to get information from you. The government will not attempt to get your information this way.
- Be aware of fraudulent phishing emails and text messages. Again, if you don’t know the person sending it, or are uncertain about the message, it’s best to ignore and delete it. If it was from someone you know, reach out to them personally in another way to see if they actually did send the message.
- Be wary of people approaching your front door. Some may impersonate utility personnel, they may even flash a badge. They could also claim to be checking for gas leaks or to be checking your house for the Coronavirus. According to Chuck Lambert, this is generally perpetrated against the elderly.