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Phishing is always in season: Don’t take the bait

Fraudsters don’t take time off – especially in unsettled times like these. In fact, law enforcement officials have been reporting scammers are increasing their efforts to capitalize on the concerns many of us have about COVID-19.

Some recent examples of phishing include:

  • Spoofing websites like the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization in emails to entice recipients to click on bogus links and share their personal information.
  • Emails or social media postings asking victims to donate online to help the CDC find a cure.
  • Text messages offering free masks if the recipient clinks on the link provided.

Take these steps to help keep your personal and financial information safe:

  • Be diligent when responding to emails, clicking on links or opening attachments.
  • Always confirm an email is legit before clicking on any links or taking other actions.
  • Be wary of unsolicited emails, texts or phone calls.

Fraudsters aren’t taking a break during these challenging times, so be on the lookout for scams and phishing attempts – including those with a COVID-19 theme – and don’t get hooked.

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