We are on Day Eight of The Howells All Being Home At Once, and Day Four of Santa Clara County Residents All Huddled Up Together in Their Separate Spaces.
FDIC warns of new scam in which scammers pretend to be from the FDIC
“You know what I need right now? A threatening call from someone pretending to be the FDIC telling me to give them all of my personal financial information or else.”No One, Ever
Yesterday I got an email from the FDIC warning about a new type of scam in which imposters try to use our collective anxiety about our personal finances to strip us of whatever financial security we have left.
These cretins are using email, text, social media, and, of course, phone calls, letters, and faxes to trick people nationwide into sending them their personal financial data, including account numbers, Social Security numbers, and remaining cash reserves.
Armed with replicas of the FDIC’s logo and occasionally the names of actual FDIC employees, these scammers may ask you to:
- “Confirm” or “update” financial account information
- Pay them to help you investigate or recover losses from a previous scam
- File insurance claims, submit a bankruptcy claimant verification form, cash certified checks on their behalf, or confirm a stock holding or investment purchases
- Pay taxes on prize winnings
- Send them digital currency or gift cards to cover an unpaid debt under threat of immediate arrest or lawsuit
Don’t fall for it. Report it.
The FDIC never:
- Sends unsolicited correspondence asking for money or sensitive personal information
- Threatens consumers
- Demands payment by gift card, wire transfers, or digital currency
- Contacts you asking for personal details, such as bank account information, credit and debit card numbers, social security numbers, or passwords
So don’t give that information out. If in doubt about whether a communication is really from the FDIC, call the FDIC Call Center at 1-877-ASK-FDIC (1-877-275-3342), Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (EST).
Instead, protect others by reporting the scam to your local law enforcement office or field office of the FBI. And if the scam involved the U.S. Postal Service, report it to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service too.
- Sign up to receive consumer alerts like this from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
- Read the FDIC release about this new crop of financial scams (FDIC)
- Give yourself a refresher on common imposter scams, including Social Security, romance, IRS imposter, grandkid, tech support, nanny/caregiver scams, and family emergency scams (Federal Trade Commission)
- Report a scam involving the U.S. Postal Service to the U.S. Postal Inspection Services (USPIS)
- Find your local FBI field office (FBI)
Today’s pandemic project
The completed tea and coffee station.
On the off chance my landlords follow my blog, I would like to point out that no, I did not paint those pots of herbs. They are peel-and-stick wall decals made by Roommates. As far as I can tell, I can actually remove them without damaging the wood or leaving a sticky residue (yes, I tested them on a hidden spot first).
I don’t know how long I’ll actually want to keep them on the cart, but for now, those herb pots add a much-needed dose of cheerfulness to our kitchen.
Today’s tidbit of Twitter humor
You may have noticed, I’ve been spending a lot of time on Twitter lately. I’ve also been spending a lot of time curating my Twitter feed to provide less doom and more humor. Sawyer North (@MrDarcyExplains) is one of my favorite finds.
I’ve begun rolling out those education resources I promised. Yesterday, I published a brief survey of options for Scheduling and Course Planning, posted an overview of how I plan to approach the problem of corralling this information over time, and replaced the Public Art quicklink in my main menu with an Educational Resources one.
Over the coming days, I’ll add separate posts listing resources for reading, science, art, math, social studies, and believe it or not, field trips. As always, I welcome your input.
How about you? How are you holding up?