COVID-19 related scams

The Better Business Bureaus Inc of South Dakota says scammers are out on the prowl during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jessie Schmidt, South Dakota State Director of the Better Business Bureau, Inc. says to watch for phone, email, and text scams that include work from home scams, free government grant scams, Medicare and the list goes on. As the stimulus bill is nearing passing, scammers will be coming out of the wood work in full force.

COVID-19 scams

COVID-19 scams

Things to remember: Don’t ever give any personal and banking information over the phone, don’t wire money, look for misspelling or out of context language, do not respond to the alerts, delete and block all scams, call the number on the back of your credit or debit card and only give out information if you originate the phone call.

This is the perfect opportunity for scammers to prey on people’s vulnerability like fear of getting sick, loosing a job and the unpredictable stock market, Schmidt saying, “All those things create anxiousness and anxiety in people and that is what scammers are looking for so this is prime feeding grounds for them.”

Phishing scams

Phishing scams

Schmidt also says the IRS should already have your banking information so you should never have to give that information over the phone. You should never have to give money to receive money.

For more information on how to protect yourself against scams, click here.

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