As the Coronavirus continues to impact our daily lives, we at MHV are committed to keeping you financially safe. Please continue to stay vigilant against potential scams related to this health crisis by keeping the following in mind:
- In accordance with social distancing guidelines, many people are now shopping online. Please be sure to exercise caution when purchasing items on the internet. Only buy from trusted retailers, and make sure the websites begin with "https:" (the "s" at the end being the important part) when inputting any card information.
- Be wary of any e-mails or phone solicitations with claims of 'immediate cures', 'vaccines' or any schemes that may be linked to the virus. Phishing campaigns can prey on a would-be victim's fear and anxiety. There are no "cures" or quick fixes for this health crisis, and scammers may attempt to persuade you to purchase products that do not deliver as promised.
- Use caution when reading e-mails that may appear to be from a legitimate source or a government agency. Scammers are already crafting and sending e-mails that appear to be from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO). Do not click on any links or e-mail attachments as these can install malware on your device that can log your keystrokes and steal sensitive information.
- If you plan to donate to a charity, please be sure the recipient is a trusted organization. Scammers have been known to impersonate legitimate charitable organizations and steal funds from well-meaning individuals.
- As always, NEVER give your personal information, including any user names or passwords, to anyone.
Please be aware of these scams. If you believe you have been a victim of one of these types of fraud, MHV is here to help you. If you have questions, please call us at 845.336.4444 and a representative will be happy to assist you.