Avoiding Covid-19 Scams

Unfortunately scammers are taking advantage of the fear that is surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic and the current state of the country. Fraudsters are using these unfortunate circumstances as opportunities to steal money and personal information. 

Hancock County Savings Bank wants to remind you to remain on guard when it comes to giving out your information and talking on the phone to individuals you do not know. If something doesn’t feel right, then trust your instinct and end the conversation or exit the webpage.

Here are several other ways that you can protect yourself during these challenging times:

  • Hang up on robocalls

    • If you receive an automated phone call, simply hang up. Scammers are using illegal robocalls to deliver false information concerning Coronavirus treatments and related schemes

  • Don’t click on links from unknown sources

    • If you receive an email with a link or see pop up ads on websites, do not click on them. These links could download viruses onto your computer or device.

  • Know who you’re buying from

    • Online sellers may claim to have the newest in-demand cleaning products or medical supplies, when in fact they don’t. These merchants will take your money without hesitation and sometimes with no intention of sending you a product.

  • Do your homework

    • Don’t let anyone rush you into making a donation. If someone wants a donation in cash, by gift card or by wiring money, don’t do it.

For the most up to date information on the Coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov

If you believe you have been a victim of Covid-19 fraud call your local law enforcement or the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) at 1-866-720-5721. And as always our customer service department is here to assist you at 304-387-1620. Your community bank cares for you and your financial wellbeing.

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