Beware of COVID-19 Scams
Our mission is to keep your Windows computer running well and to keep you safe from the scams and pitfalls that are all around you on social media and the Web.
Today, we want to make sure that you’re aware of the many ways COVID-19 scammers may try to steal you money and even your identity – staying informed is the first step is staying safe.
First, this warning comes from Medicare…
Be aware of scammers pretending to be COVID-19 contact tracers. Legitimate contact tracers will never ask for your Medicare Number or financial information. If someone calls and asks for personal information, like your Medicare Number, hang up and report it to us at 1-800-MEDICARE.
Remember, COVID-19 fraud is rapidly evolving… be alert!
And these warnings from the Department of Health and Human Services
— Beneficiaries should be cautious of unsolicited requests for their Medicare or Medicaid numbers.
— Be suspicious of any unexpected calls or visitors offering COVID-19 tests or supplies. If your personal information is compromised, it may be used in other fraud schemes.
— Do not respond to, or open hyperlinks in, text messages about COVID-19 from unknown individuals.
— Ignore offers or advertisements for COVID-19 testing or treatments on social media sites. A physician or other trusted healthcare provider should assess your condition and approve any requests for COVID-19 testing.
— Do not give your personal or financial information to anyone claiming to offer HHS grants related to COVID-19.
— Be aware of scammers pretending to be COVID-19 contact tracers. Legitimate contact tracers will never ask for your Medicare number or financial information.
— If you suspect COVID-19 health care fraud, report it immediately online or call 800-HHS-TIPS (800-447-8477).
Visit this page to learn more about COVID-19 scams and how to keep you and your family safe.