Before you hand over any personal information or payment to anyone, beware of these 10 coronavirus-related offers you should avoid.
<div class="gallery-item"> <h2>1. Get Your Economic Stimulus Money Now</h2>Phishing attacks are ramping up again, with scammers promising unwitting stimulus check recipients that they can receive their money faster by clicking a link sent via text message or email, CNBC reported. Clicking the link can allow the scammer to access your phone or computer, and steal sensitive personal information, such as Social Security numbers or bank account numbers.
Scammers might also contact potential victims via telephone, posing as federal employees and asking for sensitive information, saying that they need the info to be able to send over the stimulus check.
<div class="gallery-item"> <h2>How To Spot a Fake Offer</h2>Anyone who claims they can get you your stimulus money fast is a scammer, according to the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC notes that no action is required on your part to get the stimulus check and you should not give your personal information to anyone claiming that you need to “sign up” to receive your payout. </div> <div class="gallery-item"> <h2>2. Work-From-Home Job Offer</h2>With many people out of work and numerous businesses closed, many Americans are now looking for ways to make money from home. Some people could be vulnerable to offers of work-from-home jobs that are actually scams, CNBC reported.
Scammers can place ads for ways to make big money from home, but then when you inquire about the job, you are asked to spend money on training, special access or extra services — all for a job that doesn’t really exist. Or you might get a call from someone saying they have a job offer for you, asking for your Social Security information or other personal information upfront — once again for a job that isn’t real.