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Beware of COVID-19 Scams 

The IRS has reported an increase in phishing schemes following the outbreak of COVID-19. Many scammers are targeting those that will receive a stimulus payment from the federal government. We are advising our members to use extra caution when opening emails and answering calls during this time.  

Here are some tips to follow to protect yourself from COVID-19 phishing scams: 

1. Ignore suspicious email 

If you receive an email from an unidentifiable source, ignore it. Don’t reply to the email, click on any embedded links or open attachments. Similarly, never “friend,” or otherwise accept communications with a stranger via social media. As a general rule, it’s best not to share any personal information over the internet.? 

2. Alert Widget Financial 

If you think you’ve been contacted by a scammer who’s impersonating?us, let us know! It’s best to forward the original email or message you received. 

3. Report all suspicious activity 

File your complaint at?www.ftc.gov. You can also visit the FTC’s Identity Theft website at?www.consumer.gov/idtheft?to learn how to minimize the fallout of a possible identity theft.? 

4. Strengthen your computer’s protection 

Efficient antivirus software will prevent your computer from accepting suspicious emails. If your software doesn’t update automatically, be sure to update it manually on a frequent basis. 

A strong firewall prevents scams and viruses by making you invisible on the internet and blocking all communications from unauthorized sources. 

Similarly, the settings on all of your social media outlets should be as private as possible. Finally, all suspicious email addresses should be added to your computer’s blacklist as quickly as possible. 

As always, your credit union is here to help if you feel you have been the victim of this or any similar scam. Please contact us day or night at 814.456.6231 or email?info@widgetfinancial.com?if you have any questions or concerns. Rest assured that your accounts and finances remain safe and secure with Widget Financial.?