I wanted to start out by asking if I could encourage you all to share this article to everyone you know, because this information I am about to give you could be the thing that helps them from being scammed by people that take advantage of others.😱
Throughout history, there have always been con artists that resort to various tactics to take advantage of others for thier own personal gain.
I have had family and friends that have been scammed before. One time, I even was scammed myself and from that point on I said NEVER AGAIN! 💪 Anyone can be a target, so I want to be on the lookout for you all with some of these important tips below. WHOOT! 🙌
Right now they are several scams going around that are Coronavirus related. I wanted to tell you how to spot them and to not fall for them.🔍 Some of the scams going around are:
• Fake tests for Medicare recipients
• SSA scams
• Free test kit scams
• Sanitation supplies
• Phishing scams
Fake tests for Medicare recipients – Scammers might end up calling you to offer things like a “COVID-19 kit", a “Coronavirus package", or Medicare benefits that are related to the virus. The way they end up scamming you is by asking you to verify personal information like your bank account, Social Security Number or Medicare numbers. So if you end up receiving a call from someone claiming to be a Medicare representative and they end up asking you for any of that information, hang up immediately. It is a scam.
SSA (Social Security Administration) scams – There are several other Social Security scams to be on the lookout for. If you get a call about your Social Security number being suspended, it is a scam. The same goes if they claim that your bank account is about to be seized. Do not ever verify your SSN for anyone that calls you out of the blue. Also, the SSA will never call you to threaten your benefits, or tell you to wire money, send them cash by mail, or definitely put money on gift cards. Anyone that does this is 100% a scammer.
Free test kit scams – Scammers has been doing phone calls that ask you if you would like to receive a free test kit to your home. They give you the option to continue by having you press the number 1, or number 2 if you don't wish to receive the kit. This is their way of making it seem legit. If you end up pressing 1, they discuss some information about the kit and what’s included in it, and then ask for you to do a shipping & handling charge for the free test kit, due to the high demand for them. They ask you to provide a debit or credit card to complete the order, following asking you for your mailing address. Your credit card will be comprimised. Do not give your credit card number out over the phone to anyone who has called in to you.
Sanitation supplies – This scam involves another phone call scam, where the scammer makes it sound very real. They will tell you they have a sanitation package including hand sanitizers, toilet paper, masks, and cleaning essentials. They go on to tell you that they can be ordered and delivered right to your doorstep. Then, they ask you if you wish to complete an order by pressing 1. They say also you can press 2 for more Coronavirus safety tips, to make it more believable. Do not believe it.
Robocalls – Here are other kinds of robocalls to be on the lookout for. Calls about health insurance coverage for you and/or your family that will provide you with the medicine and care needed if any of you/they have the Coronavirus. Mortgage calls often tell you that due to the Coronavirus mortgages has dropped to an all-time low, and that you can qualify for updated benefits and/or money back. They give 3 options to press, number 2 being speaking directly with a live agent.
Phishing scams – These types of scams are usually email based scams, you can sometimes see ones on social media posts as well. They offer various things, from some of the same offers from the phone scams, to additional things like extra financial assistance, cures (such as vaccines and bogus treatments), as well as a way to donate money to support medical workers. Be very cautious when donating or purchasing anything online and make sure the company is legit before placing an order.
It's important to realize that con artists stop at nothing to take advantage of people. I hope that this information allows you and others to not be victims of these kinds of scams.👍👌
💛💛💛IF YOU HAPPEN TO KNOW ANYMORE KINDS OF SCAMS, PLEASE COMMENT SO OTHERS CAN SEE THEM TOO! LET'S ALL WORK TOGETHER IN HELPING ONE ANOTHER!
I WISH YOU ALL SAFETY AND SECURITY!
LOVE YOU ALL, BIG HUGS!