The Fort Morgan Police Department issued a warning Thursday about various scams that may be floating around related to COVID-19 or else just going on while people are sheltered at home and could be what the scammers see as easy targets.
“When crisis hits, so do some criminals. As we navigate our way through the COVID-19 virus response, the Fort Morgan Police Department is asking out citizens to be extra vigilant to prevent victimization of fraud schemes,” the FMPD warning stated.
The following are some tips that FMPD said should be followed “to ensure you are not victimized during these times” of staying at home:
Visit charity websites directly: Don’t click on emails or links or respond to Facebook or other social media requests to help support charities, even if it is a charity that you know and support. Instead, contact the charity directly by using their contact information provided on their web page. You can also use this resource from the Federal Trade Commission: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0074-giving-charity
Make sure to know the sender before clicking: Don’t click on or respond to emails from unknown senders or emails sent from someone you know but seems different. Use the phone and contact those people through phone call or text message instead. If you suspect you received a hoax or scam, report it. Here is a link to follow for reporting such suspicions: https://www.usa.gov/stop-scams-frauds
Research scams and hoaxes: You can also get more information about scams and hoaxes from this website brought to you by the Federal Bureau of Investigations: https://www.fbi.gov/scams-and-safety/common-scams-and-crimes/internet-fraud
Ignore messages supposedly from Microsoft: Microsoft will never directly send you a notice that your computer is infected. If you get that email, disregard it and do not pay someone that you don’t know or trust to work on your computer. If you suspect a problem with your computer, it is better to contact someone you know or can verify, than pay someone you don’t know (even if they tell you they have a great rating and/or reputation).
Never send money to strangers: Don’t ever send money to anyone through any wire transfer or bank transfers that you don’t know. If you don’t already have a strong business relationship with someone that can be trusted, don’t send money to a stranger that you can not verify.
Be on guard when online or answering the phone: Most of all, be careful and aware of that fact that while you are at home obeying the stay-at-home order and trying to get through these times, many others are trying to figure out how to exploit you on-line. Be safe and be smart!
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