March 20th, 2020 – Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding the emerging Coronavirus situation. The senior population in particular has been targeted by scammers and phishing schemes. Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter and the Islip Town Board are reminding residents to remain vigilant during these times and to continue to exercise smart and informed internet practices.
Please review the following tips to see what you can do to combat scammers:
- Avoid clicking links from sources you do not know or trust. The Federal Trade Commission provides additional tips on scammers here: www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/how-recognize-and-avoid-phishing-scams.
- Be wary of emails claiming to be from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or related experts, suggesting they have the most updated information. The Town of Islip has curated a list of important links and resources on our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Page
- Be sure to ignore online offers for vaccinations. There are currently no vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, lozenges or other prescription or over-the-counter products to treat or cure Coronavirus (COVID-19) available online or in stores.
- Research charities, crowdfunding sites or other means of donating to causes thoroughly before committing your support. If you are asked for donations in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money, stop there and do not take the risk.
Additional Helpful Links
- Online security tips for working from home
- Checks from the government
- FTC & FDA: Warnings sent to sellers of scam Coronavirus treatments
- Coronavirus: Scammers follow the headlines
- FTC, FDA warn companies making Coronavirus claim