Scammers are using the COVID-19 virus as an opportunity to carry out distraction or "ruse burglaries.” Be aware of people knocking on doors, claiming to be from the Department of Health or the CDC to test residents for the virus, or selling vaccines and supplies. DO NOT answer your door to someone you don't know. CALL 9-1-1 if you have any doubt who it might be.
Scammers are offering to sell fake cures, vaccines, and advice on unproven treatments for COVID-19.
Scammers are creating fake shops, websites, social media accounts, and email addresses claiming to sell medical supplies currently in high demand, such as surgical masks. When consumers attempt to purchase supplies through these channels, fraudsters pocket the money and never provide the promised supplies.
Scammers are also contacting people by phone and email, pretending to be doctors and hospitals that have treated a friend or relative for COVID-19, and demanding payment for that treatment.
Scammers are soliciting donations for individuals, groups, and areas affected by COVID-19.
Scammers posing as national and global health authorities, including the WHO and the CDC, are sending phishing emails designed to trick recipients into downloading malware or providing personal identifying and financial information.
Scammers are also creating and manipulating mobile apps, designed to track the spread of COVID- 19, to insert malware that will compromise users' devices and personal information.
Scammers are offering online promotions on various platforms, including social media, claiming that the products or services of publicly traded companies can prevent, detect, or cure COVID-19, and that the stock of these companies will dramatically increase as a result.
These promotions are often styled as "research reports," make predictions of a certain "target price," and relate to microcap stocks, or low-priced stocks issued by the smallest of companies with limited publicly available information.
With the stimulus checks coming out soon, criminals are using this as an opportunity to try to scam you out your personal information.
Remember, if you get a phone call, email, text message claiming to need personal information from you in order to send you a stimulus check, IT IS A SCAM! The government will not ask you to pay anything up front to get this money. No fees. No charges. No nothing!
The government will not call, text or email you to ask for your Social Security number, bank account or credit card number.
With people living longer these days, seniors can be ages 55 - 95 and older! That's a range of 40 years!!! Baby Boomers (1945-1965) are the largest segment of this population and will still be turning 65 through the year 2030! Each generation represents different challenges, perceptions and realities, and may handle family, finances, business dealings and personal relationships in a variety of different ways ... what makes sense to one, may not make sense to another.
Rapid changes in technology have also played a hand in this. Older seniors may or may not use or even have a computer, which may limit their ability to communicate effectively and can lead to social isolation. "Younger" seniors may be more savvy about technology because many are still in the work force.
Tom Brady, College of Dupage Associate Dean Homeland Security Training Institute, and Robert Petranek, FFDGTS & Senior Advisory Committee member, are interviewed by Cathy Rager, Senior Services Coordinator, for Downers Grove Township.
Below are the links to these two 1/2 hour programs:
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