Keep Your Distance From Scams
In an effort to stop the spread of a dangerous respiratory illness called Covid-19 (coronavirus), most Californians have been staying at home more than normal in recent weeks. The coronavirus is known to be more serious in older adults, and those with underlying health issues. As a result of the pandemic, older adults have been advised to only leave their home for essential needs. Unfortunately, spending so much time at home allows seniors to be more exposed to scams.
News and information continues to change rapidly, even though most are stuck at home. While it can be difficult to keep up, it is still critical for seniors to be aware of scams.
Watch out for individuals or businesses who promise to help get stimulus money more quickly, or sell cures or medication to prevent or treat the virus. Scammers are also using old tricks like pretending to be a grandkid in trouble, or saying your Social Security is being terminated. Be cautious of anyone who requests personal information, and stay alert.
Here are a few reminders on how to keep your distance from scams:
D – Don’t let your guard down. Don’t be afraid to hang up or close the door!
I – Interact regularly with friends and family to stay in the loop.
S – Seek help from trusted sources if you are not sure what to do.
T – Take a deep breath. Anxiety and panic do not help make good decisions.
A – Always verify information, and ask for details in writing.
N – Note who is contacting you, and have a response ready.
C – Consider reporting scams to the FTC, Attorney General, police, etc.
E – Educate yourself and your neighbors, so they will stay safe too.
Stay tuned to our blog for future scam updates. Our attorneys are working remotely, and can offer legal advice to residents of San Diego and Imperial County free of charge. Let us know what scams you are seeing in your neighborhood, and stay well!
Here are a few helpful links for those who would like to read more:
Official California Covid-19 Coronavirus Response Page: https://covid19.ca.gov/
County of San Diego – Coronavirus Updates & Resources: https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/hhsa/programs/phs/community_epidemiology/dc/2019-nCoV.html
California Dept. of Aging Resource List: https://www.aging.ca.gov/covid19/
SDGE Utility Scam Assistance: https://www.sdge.com/residential/customer-service/assistance-help/scams
Social Security Administration Press Releases: https://www.ssa.gov/news/press/releases/
Federal Trade Commission- Scam Alerts: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/scam-alerts
2020 Census Information: https://2020census.gov/en.html
California Attorney General – Protecting Consumers: https://oag.ca.gov/consumers
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – Consumer Info Blog: https://www.consumerfinance.gov/about-us/blog/?categories=info-for-consumers