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Stay alert! Coronavirus scammers are ‘sick’

Stay Alert: Coronavirus Scammers are sick

During uncertain times, scammers are always looking for ways to take advantage of the public—and the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is no different. But United’s got your back!

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and other consumer advocate organizations are giving tips to help keep you up-to-date on the many ways fraudsters are targeting people during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Here’s what to look out for:

  • Don’t click on links from sources you don’t know.
  • Watch for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or experts saying that have information about the virus.
  • Ignore online offers for vaccinations, or advertisements touting prevention, treatment, or cure claims for the Coronavirus.
  • Do your homework when it comes to donations, whether through charities or crowdfunding sites.
  • Be aware of “investment opportunities” from companies claiming they can prevent, detect, or cure coronavirus.

United also provides tips on how to spot a scam, and to know if we’re contacting you, or if it might be a scammer posing as a credit union employee to get your secure information.

Remember, United will never ask for:

  • Your full social security number, debit or credit card numbers (including the 3-digit verification code on the back), PIN, and other types of unique identifying numbers
  • Secure access codes received via text, email, or phone
  • Passwords for your accounts

If you believe you have been targeted by a scammer, you can fight back.

1. Report the incident on the U.S. government-operated website http://www.us-cert.gov/nav/report_phishing.html.

2. Also try USA.gov located at: https://www.usa.gov/stop-scams-frauds#item-35157.

 

United Routing Number: 272484894

 

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