March 20, 2020

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COVID-19 coronavirus scams are on the rise. These scams trick people into giving up personal information, allowing scammers to access accounts and withdraw funds.

Scams may ask for donations to help victims of the virus. Other scams offer bogus virus prevention or treatment solutions. Others may “alert” you to virus cases nearby.

These scams can be very convincing. Some appear to come from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) or even from The Summit.

Remember:

  • The Summit will never ask for or include links requiring confidential information such as your name, password, personal identification number (PIN) or other account information.
  • Never reveal personal information requested by anyone via email, text, a phone call or via a link.
  • Never click a link from someone you don’t know.
  • Ignore online offers for vaccinations, treatments or cures.
  • Be suspicious of donation requests, especially those that request cash, wire transfers or gift cards.
  • Ignore solicitations for investment opportunities.

For more tips on avoiding scams and fraud, visit the Fraud Prevention Center of summitfcu.org.