Thanksgiving is a holiday that embraces inclusiveness with friends, family and friends who are family. This year however, we must redefine inclusiveness. This year, to be inclusive is to be focused on the safety and welfare of our loved ones.
There continues to be an exponential rise of COVID cases reported every day. Hospitalizations in Denver are at the highest they have ever been. As of this writing, one out of 64 people in Denver are currently contagious with COVID.

Absent intervention, the upward trend of COVID will not shift. Many of you are already doing your part to reduce the pandemic by wearing masks, staying at home and maintaining social distancing. Along with Governor Polis and Mayor Hancock, I urge each of you to do your part in this effort to contain this virus.
This is a difficult time for all of us, but we must continue to take these steps to save lives and be able to move forward.
This year, while you may not be physically together, give thanks that your family and loved ones are alive and well.
Below you will find tips on COVID scam prevention.

Be well, stay safe and Happy Thanksgiving,
Beth



Don’t Let Scammers Gobble Up Your Money

Use these tips and links to stay safe from COVID scammers.

CONTACT TRACING – Contact tracking is a strategy to help alert those who may have been exposed or come in contact with someone who has COVID. Learn about contact tracking click here and here.

GET THE APP – Now that you know the importance of contact tracing get the notification app for your IPhone or Android

Of course there are scammers pretending to be contact tracers. Here is how to spot the scam.

Real contact tracers WILL NEVER ASK YOU FOR:
1. Money
2. Your bank account or credit card number.
3. Your Social Security Number
4. Your immigration status

MORE COVID SCAM SPOTTING:
Don’t respond to texts, emails or calls about checks from the government.

Ignore offers for vaccinations and home test kits. Scammers are selling products to treat or prevent COVID-19 without proof that they work.

Be wary of ads for test kits. Most test kits being advertised have not been approved by the FDA, and aren’t necessarily accurate.

Hang up on robocalls. Scammers are using illegal robocalls to pitch everything from low-priced health insurance to work-at-home schemes.

Watch for emails claiming to be from the CDC or WHO. Use sites like coronavirus.gov and usa.gov/coronavirus to get the latest information. Never click on links from sources you don’t know.

Go to either of these websites for more information on COVID in Colorado: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and Denver Public Health.


VIRTUAL PRESENTATIONS

We offer FREE virtual presentations on how to protect yourself from fraud and scams. Call to schedule “Stand Up Against Fraud” to learn more about COVID-19 scams and other scams happening in our area.

Contact: Maro Casparian | amc@denverda.org720-913-9036