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Keep in Mind

The bad guys are still out there, and a pandemic is a great opportunity for them to feed off the panic of the general public and try to take advantage of people in as many ways as possible. 

Remember, no legitimate credit union, bank, credit card company, etc, will ever ask you to provide any personal information in exchange for money or access to your own account(s).

We found this article to be very helpful during this time:

Check from the Government

Jennifer Leach, Associate Director, Division of Consumer and Business Education, FTC

As the Coronavirus takes a growing toll on people's pocketbooks, there are reports that the government will soon be sending money by check or direct deposit to each of us.  The details are still being worked out, but there are a few really important things to know, no matter what this looks like.

  • 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 to ask for your Social Security number, bank account, or credit card number.  Anyone who does this, is a scammer.
  • These reports of checks that aren't yet a reality.  Anyone who tells you they can get you the money now, is a scammer. 

Look, normall we'd wait to know what the payment plan looks like before we put out a message like this.  But these aren't normal times.  And we predict that the scammers are gearing up to take adnvatage of this.