05/14/2020: Social Distancing from COVID 19 Scams
It seems like we’ve all seen the pictures of empty grocery shelves or the dreaded “Item Unavailable” on Amazon.com during the COVID-19 outbreak. During these times, when product demand is high – it’s important to know who you’re buying from. Online sellers may claim to have in-demand products, like cleaning, household, and health and medical supplies when, in fact, they don’t. Here are some important steps to take in regards to keeping yourself safe:
- Confirm the physical address and phone number of a company before you make a purchase. Keep the information on hand in case you run into problems later.
- Ignore pop up messages that ask for financial information. Legitimate companies won’t ask for your information this way. You should also avoid emailing any financial information.
- Know what you are buying. Read the fine print and product description in detail before making a purchase. This includes refund policies and delivery dates.
If you think you have fallen victim to online shopping fraud – contact your financial institution for assistance on how to properly report it.