April 6, 2020
As the coronavirus disrupts businesses, schools, and routines, scammers may try to take advantage of fears about the virus to steal your personal information. There are steps you can take to protect your health, finances, and personal information from those who try to exploit the uncertainty surrounding the crisis.
As many people are working remotely, now is the time to make sure your computer and mobile phone’s software is up to date. Check your operating system, programs, apps, and security software for any available updates as many include cyber-security upgrades. For more help, contact a representative from your company’s IT department or your internet provider.
Many fraudsters are capitalizing on fear and confusion with phishing emails and text messages. Attackers pose as authorities like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO) and offer information about the virus in order to trick victims into downloading malicious software or sharing their login credentials.
The FTC has developed a site to keep you informed about coronavirus-related scams and give you additional information to help you protect yourself. If you suspect you’ve become the victim of a scam, contact us and your credit card company right away.
We understand that the current situation may cause financial uncertainty and fear for many. We at Citizens First Bank are here for you in every situation. We’re taking the coronavirus crisis seriously and will continue to take appropriate measures to help protect our customers’ health, minimize disruption to our day-to-day operations, and keep you and your financial information secure.