How Seniors Can Help Avoid Coronavirus Scams with These 6 Tips

Update All Your Tech

Keep your computer hardware and software updated and protected with anti-virus and anti-malware programs. Download and install the latest security patches at least once per month. This includes the apps on your smartphone, too.

 

The Stronger Your Password, the Better

Hard-to-guess passwords protect your online identity. Incorporate letters, numbers, lowercase and uppercase letters along with special characters. Use a different password for each online site, so that if one account is compromised, the rest remain safe. Just make sure that these passwords are ones that you are able to remember yourself! Using password managers like LastPass can be a handy way to keep your passwords secure and easy to access with one master password. 

 

Be Wary of Strange Phone Numbers 

Never provide any password, your Social Security Number, or bank account number to someone over the phone. Tech support or other reputable companies will never ask you for it.

 

Limit the Links You Click

Look out for suspicious email messages and requests. Be wary of clicking strange links within emails. Instead, type in the website URL directly into your web browser.

 

Enable Two-Factor Authentication

If you do banking or pay bills online, check to see if your financial institution supports two-factor authentication. Every time you log in, the website or app will send you a code via text message or through the use of an authenticator app. This offers greater protection, even if your password is compromised.

 

Do Your Research

Verify online offers or opportunities to make sure they are from trusted vendors. If an offer seems rushed or too good to be true, it’s likely that it is. When it comes to preventing online fraud, awareness is a valuable tool. Arm yourself with knowledge and stay alert.

For more suggestions on how to avoid online scams, check out the FBI's IC3 site or visit AARP’s Fraud and Scams site for updates on the latest schemes.

If you think you may have been the victim of an internet scam, you can file a complaint with the FBI here.

 

Our residents' and family’s health, wellness and happiness are our priority, especially in these times. Our hearts go out to the families and communities affected by COVID-19. If you want to learn more about our response to COVID-19 visit our FAQ page. If you’re not seeing what you’re looking for, WHOand the CDC are helpful sources for trusted and updated information on COVID-19.

 

Note: The following is shared for informational purposes only.  We are not infectious disease experts and you should consult with trusted, independent, reputable sources before acting on any content on this website, especially if you have a medical condition or are at increased risk for contracting COVID-19.  The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical or health advice.  Never disregard professional medical or health advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on our site.

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