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Scammers using COVID-19, to steal your personal information. These scams take many forms, including phishing emails that come from the world Health Organization. They are trying to extract your data, requiring you to log in to this fake alert.

Who said that it does not require to log in to access information.

There have been several scams associated with the search agreement. One Scam reported the proposed TV station to run the test. The station contacted acquaintances of my colleagues and told them that they had been exposed to the virus. They asked people to provide date of birth to confirm your identity. If they provided what they were asked to provide their social security number.

A lot of people all this information. They then said it was an experiment, and without a contract tracer would ask these questions. People were surprised at how easy they gave this information.

Scammers are very good at sounding legitimate. People let down their guard when they think something serious, like exposure to the coronavirus. You have to be careful all the time.

Many people have received calls from individuals claiming to be from the IRS. They say you must pay taxes and must send a prepaid debit card or you will be arrested.

The IRS does not contact people by phone, but sends a series of letters about his concerns. The police will not arrest anyone in the tax, which will never ask to be paid in prepaid debit cards, and you will not go to prison for late payment.

While these scams work because the criminals keep using them.

There is another in which the caller claims to be from the social security Administration, and that he noticed some fraudulent activity with your account SS. If you don’t call, the administration is going to stop SS checks.

This is a Scam. Fraudsters can use the official logos and phone numbers to try to steal your money.

I received a number of letters from different banks, arguing that there is a problem with my account. The real problem is not have accounts in these banks. If the crooks you are lucky, they can guess my real Bank or some people were just hoping that they have a Bank account, they do not know about. Be careful.

I also received fake emails from the company saying that “Windows Defender”.It says my subscription is coming to an end and he will charge me only $299. I have to click on a letter, if I want to stop. I have never had this service and it’s an easy possibility that someone owns a device running Windows. Be careful.

I also know someone whose PayPal account was hacked. Thousands of dollars were stolen from his current account using a debit card linked to PayPal.

While it will probably be to recover the money, I always suggest to use a credit card instead of debit card when shopping online. Both types of payment options often have similar consumer protection, but if the incident needs to be resolved is the Bank’s money, which bind, not yours.

You need to be alert all the time. Protect your information and this will save a lot of frustration later.

Gary boatman is the Monessen-based certified financial planner and author of “your Financial compass: safe passage through stormy waters, tax, planning, income and market volatility”.


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