Whether it’s a charity asking for a donation or a promise of more stimulus money, be aware of the scams surrounding Coronavirus.

  • The FTC and its chairperson are not calling, texting, or emailing about Coronavirus money.
  • Scammers are using websites that look like a government unemployment site to get personal information.
    • Start an application for unemployment benefits only at careeronestop.org and search for local unemployment benefits.
    • Do not respond to calls or messages about unemployment benefits. Instead, contact the State Workforce Agency directly at dol.gov and search for state workforce agencies.
  • The government will never:
    • Ask you to pay to receive stimulus-related money.
    • Call, text, or email and ask for your Social Security, account, or credit card number.
  • Fraudulent charities include legitimate logos and words in their names. Stay clear of charities that:
    • Ask for payment by money order or cash.
    • Send an invoice or bill for a pledge you never made.
    • Require your donation immediately.
  • Fraudulent emails appear to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), but they link to harmful websites.
  • CEFCU will never call or send you a message asking for personal or account information.

Check out the steps CEFCU is taking to protect you at Disaster Preparedness. And remember, if you’ve been financially impacted by COVID-19, we’re here to help.

  • Stay up to date on the virus with the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center: coronavirus.jhu.edu
  • Verify the legitimacy of a charity at the BBB Wise Giving Alliance: give.org
  • Report fraud to the FTC: reportfraud.ftc.gov
  • Find out about scams related to the virus: ftc.gov/coronavirus
  • Let the FTC know if you gave personal information in response to unemployment: IdentityTheft.gov/unemploymentinsurance