Crime prevention message from Alhambra Police Dept.
- Fake or non-existent test kits and vaccines are being offered in exchange for cash or medical record information. These offers have been made by phone and door-to-door. At this time, there is no vaccine for the coronavirus.
- Home sanitization for seniors that requires pre-payment over the phone. Do research before making any payment over the phone to ensure the company is legitimate. Bottom line: If you did not initiate the service, do not give personal information or payment.
- Charity/ donation scam claiming to help coronavirus victims and their families, as well as investment schemes involving vaccination development. Remember, do your research before providing personal information or money.
- E-mail phishing attacks that appear to be health officials or national agencies like CDC suggesting a link be clicked or a PDF be downloaded. Clicking on the link may steal your personal information, and downloading a PDF may infect your computer with malware.
- Your government issued Economic Impact Payment, known as a “stimulus check,” which is not a typical check. Payment is made by direct deposit from the IRS into a known checking account. You do not have to fill out any forms or pay anything up front to get your stimulus check, and there will be no fees or charges. The IRS will simply deposit the money into your account. You won’t be asked to give your Social Security number, bank account information, or credit card number to anyone. Anyone calling or door-to-door soliciting regarding your stimulus check is likely a criminal.