As cases of coronavirus continue to spread across the globe, scammers are cashing in on people’s fears and uncertainty. The outbreak is a dream come true for cybercriminals who hope to illegally profit by offering fake cures, sending phishing emails, and organizing fraudulent fundraisers. There is currently no vaccine for coronavirus, so any offer for a cure should be an immediate red flag. Don’t click on any links from sources you don’t know, as a harmful virus could be uploaded onto your phone or computer. Many cybercriminals are sending emails that claim to be from the World Health Organization (WHO) or CDC . While the email may look trustworthy, the safest way to get up-to-date information is to go directly to the WHO or CDC websites. If you want to donate to coronavirus research and prevention fundraisers, do your homework and make sure the charity or crowdfunding website is legitimate.
In the event coronavirus cases rise in Maine and your local credit union’s branch closes temporarily, the money in your savings and checking accounts will remain safe and secure. For access to your funds, you can take advantage of online and mobile banking, Shared Branching, and the state’s largest surcharge-free ATM network.