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Scams Skyrocket During Trying Times

Scams Skyrocket During Trying Times

During times like these, even the smallest parts of day-to-day life are full of unknowns. Unfortunately, there is always one thing you can count on – Scammers are always looking for ways to prey upon victims’ panic.

There are currently many different types of scams out there relating to the current pandemic situation. Here are a few of the scams that have arisen due to the current situation.


  • Scammers are calling pretending to be the Federal government saying they need more information in order to distribute stimulus checks. In this scam, the scammer will tell the victim that they are updating their database in order for the victim to receive a stimulus payment. They will then tell the victim to “verify” information such as their address, social security number, and bank account information. It is important to understand that the government will never call you to request or verify personal information.

  • Scammers are pretending to be non-profit organizations taking “donations” for things like medical supplies and food shelves. These scammers prey upon the goodwill of their victims and will request personal information in order to steal the victims money and/or identity. The number of “charitable donation” websites skyrockets during times of crisis. Donating to charitable organizations during times of need is a great way to help those in need, but you should always donate to a well-known, trusted organization.

  • Scammers are pretending to be law enforcement, stating that they are enforcing the social distancing recommendations. These scams prey upon victims’ fear during a time where things like quarantines and lockdowns have many people confused and scared about the current situation. This scam is easy to detect as law enforcement will never call you asking you to pay any kind of fines.


There are many, many other scams out there attempting to take advantage of the unique situation that the country and world finds itself in today. There is always a constant in these scams that you can look out for – All of these scams will request personal information from you. Any time anyone requests personal information such as your bank account information, debit card numbers, social security or Tax ID numbers or address, it should always be a red flag of a potential scam. If you have doubts that a business is legitimate, request a callback number from them, and hang up. Do a quick search online and see if the contact number is legitimate, or look for reviews, etc. to help you determine if it is a legitimate business or a scam.


These are trying times for everyone. Awareness is the best way to fight against scams such as these. Spreading the word to family, friends, and coworkers could prevent yourself or someone you care about from getting scammed!

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