Cybercriminals are racing to capitalize on COVID-19 and have been sending fake emails, texts and social media posts designed to trick people into opening attachments, downloading malicious software or to get you to enter personal information.
- NEVER reveal personal financial information - such as passwords, credit card numbers, social security numbers, mother's maiden name or personal identification numbers (PIN) - over the phone, in an email or through a website. Golden Plains will never ask for personal information in an unsolicited phone call, text or email.
- Be wary of attachments and links in unsolicited emails. Take care when opening attachments in emails because they may contain viruses or malware. Be extra cautious when you receive emails claiming to be from the World Health Organization (WHO) or the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Visit their websites directly instead of opening unsolicited emails.
- Do your research. Verify a charity's authenticity. Scammers may attempt to impersonate a charitable organization. Someone asking for donations by gift card or wiring money are red flags.
- Use security tools & turn on auto updates. Install an antivirus program on your device and keep it up to date. This goes for your computer, smartphone and tablet. Up-to-date antivirus software goes a long ways towards stopping malware.