With a large part of the workforce now working from home, please watch out for ‘work from home scams.’ Fraudsters continue to prey on people during these uncertain times especially as many of us are working outside of our usual environments.
Here are some tips to protect yourself from falling victim of a 'work from home scam.'
-- Government agencies do not communicate through social media avenues like Facebook. So, be wary of unsolicited messages.
-- Avoid clicking links sent by text message. It is extremely unlikely that the government will text you and ask you to follow a link and enter personal information in order to confirm your identity and baking details.
-- Watch out for phishing attempts that ask for personal and banking information in order to receive your check. Never give out your personal information or PIN number!
-- Do not pay any money for a "free" government grant. If you have to pay money to claim a "free" government grant, it's not really free. A real government agency will not ask you to pay an advanced processing fee. The only official list of all U.S. federal grant-making agencies is https://www.grants.gov/