- Don’t answer phone calls or text messages from a financial institution asking for personal and account information. CEFCU will never send you a message asking for personal or account information.
- Watch for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), directing you to harmful websites that load malware or harmful applications on your computer.
- Don’t open emails with subject lines, attachments, or links that say: “Coronavirus map.” The email may contain false information about where viruses are located near your neighborhood, workplace, etc. The fraudulent maps contain software that steal usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, and other data stored in your browsers. Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center offers a safe interactive, web-based map that tracks cases around the world.
- Research a charity before donating. An organization may not be authentic just because it has words like “CDC” or “government” in its name or has reputable-looking logos. Other key warning signs a charity is suspicious is if they:
- Ask for your payment via a money order or cash.
- Send you an invoice or bill for a pledge you never made.
- Require your donation immediately, and offer to send a courier to collect your donation.
There are several websites you can use to verify if a charity is legitimate, including the Office of the Attorney General, IRS Select Check, and BBB Wise Giving Alliance.
Stay safe and healthy! Check out the steps CEFCU is taking to warn and protect you at Disaster Preparedness.