Pelion, SC (Paul Kirby) – As the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the globe, sadly, so did the efforts by the bad guys to scam people out of their personal information. Once they have that, they could then go about stealing your money or ruining your credit by obtaining things in your name.
Law enforcement agencies, including the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, have done their very best to warn the public about these schemes. They have pointed out several specifically. For each that’s exposed, it seems as if ten more pop up.
Here is one that was recently e-mailed to a business in Lexington County. If you receive a similar one, please send it to your junk e-mail box quickly. It read:
World Health Organisation [sic] (WHO) and United Nations(UN) swings into action.
You are Entitled to $50,000 USD per week relief grant, in a bid to control the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Respond with the below details for claims.
Thanks and my best regards to your family,
Health Communications Manager
United Nations Foundation
Follow any national news source right now and you will see that the United States, the WHO’s largest benefactor, has decided to withhold funding from the World Health Organization due to suspicions they conspired with China to drastically downplay the danger of the COVID-19 spread. They are NOT really paying out $50,000 grants to anyone or any business to help them through this crisis.
Please remember, if you receive something that seems to be to good to be true, it probably is. Do NOT ever give your personal information over the internet to ANYONE that say they represent some government or charitable entity. If you do, you may never get your information, money, or your good name back again.