Porch Pirates: As the holidays approach, criminals steal packages from doorsteps and porches of unsuspecting homes and businesses. If you know a package will be arriving, and you're not going to be at home, ask a neighbor to pick it up for you.
Curbside Pick-up Pirates: Fraudsters may also try to intercept a curbside pick-up purchase at stores.
Criminals can take advantage of the fear and uncertainty around COVID-19. They can attempt to take money and steal information.
Scams may be directly related to the COVID-19 virus, but also related scarcity caused by a pandemic, such as a high demand for hand cleaners, masks, disinfectants, and paper products.
Do not respond directly or click on links in messages you receive via text, phone call or email; especially from an unknown or untrusted source and particularly those involving:
These can come as fake phone calls, emails, social media posts, or web sites.
The most common are regarding:
This includes bogus personal protective equipment (masks, gowns, gloves) and diluted or ineffective sanitizers and cleaning products.
Beware of imposters promising Small Business Administration (SBA) or Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. Verify the source, and contact NEFCU Business Lending if you have any questions.
The US Secret Service has warned of significant fraud committed against state unemployment programs. If you receive a deposit from an unemployment program that you did not expect, please contact NEFCU, and do not respond to any unknown person that contacts you asking you to “return” the money. If you apply for unemployment and receive a message that someone has already applied with your name and SSN, contact the state unemployment office immediately.
If you believe you have given your personal NEFCU banking information to an imposter, please call our Contact Center at 800.400.8790 immediately for assistance.