Service and security are just two of the things you expect from MAC. With Coronavirus impeding regular life, we want to make you aware of some potential scams. Remember, be aware of who you give information to, and what types of information you willingly give.
These checks will automatically be issued to qualified individuals, you don’t have to do anything to receive it if you qualify. The IRS will not call, text, email you, or contact you on social media asking for your personal or banking information. Payments will be deposited via direct deposit if that’s how you did your most recent (2019 or 2018) tax filing, or via a mailed physical check. For more details on the Economic Impact Payment, check out the IRS website.
Research Before Donating
Fraudsters also like to imitate charities in times like this. The scam is to call, email or send a text requesting donations. These scams can appear to be coming from well-known or local charities. However, if the request is fraudulent, the money you donate will never make it to the real charity. We recommend that any donation you make be done directly to the charity of your choice. It is okay to send a check and donate online, as long as you know where the donation is going. Check with one of the online sites that track charities such as GuideStar, CharityNavigator or CharityWatch.
Be Critical of Emails Asking for Personal Info or Account Updates
Emails can be made to look like a business that you know, but there is usually something just a bit off, like the sender email address or incorrect grammar. Don’t click in emails that you don’t know the sender. Often, links in these emails download dangerous malware onto your computer which can be used to steal your information. If you are requested information to update your account from any organization, pick up the phone and give them a call on the number given on their website; don’t go by any info in that email.
Fraudsters are preying on current fears, which can trigger an increase in the sale of fake products like masks, immune system boosters and sanitizers. If you aren’t able to find a hand sanitizer at your local store, it doesn’t make sense that a random source on the internet would have an unlimited supply for sale. If an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
It’s good practice not to share your personal information online or through email. MAC will never ask for your info via email. If you think you have been a victim of fraud, please contact us at 907-456-1253.