The Office of the San Diego Mayor Kelvin Faulconer released details on how deceitful criminals can scam you.
· Economic Impact Payment Scams: The IRS will deposit your economic impact payment into the direct deposit account you previously provided on your tax return or send you a paper check. The IRS will not call and ask you to verify your payment details. San Diegans are encouraged not to give out your bank account, debit account or PayPal account information – even if someone claims it is necessary to get your economic impact payment. If you receive a call stating otherwise, San Diegans are encouraged to hang up.
· Charity Scams: Don’t let anyone rush you into making a donation. If someone wants donations in cash, by gift card or by wiring money, don’t do it. San Diegans are encouraged to do their due diligence when it comes to donations, whether through charities or crowdfunding sites.
· Fake Organizations: Consumers should be on alert for criminals who may set up fake websites, send emails, or post on social media pretending to be from the World Health Organization or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in an attempt to profit illegally.
· COVID-19 vaccines scam: Ignore online offers for vaccinations and home test kits. Scammers are trying to get you to buy unproven products to treat or prevent the coronavirus disease online or in stores. At this time, there also are no FDA-authorized home test kits for COVID-19.