News & Announcements

Home - News Carousel

Posted on: April 3, 2020

COVID-19 – Be on guard to protect yourself from fraud

scam

COVID-19 – Be on guard to protect yourself from fraud 

Neighbors helping neighbors during times of need, such as COVID-19 and other disasters, is what the Great State of Tennessee is best known for worldwide.  This is why we are the “VOLUNTEER STATE”!  However, it is also a time when some try to take advantage of residents when they are vulnerable.

“Sadly, many of our neighbors on occasion fall victim to various fraud schemes (scams).  Oftentimes bad components of our society try to capitalize on unsuspecting victims, especially the elderly. Their efforts seem to increase during times of emergencies like we are currently in,” said Tim Ellis, City Manager.

The types of fraud vary greatly and oftentimes are hard to discern as to what is a legitimate service and what is not.  Currently, the most common COVID-19 fraud schemes that have been identified are:

  • COVID Test Kit Phone Scam 
  • Student Loan Callback Scam 
  • Social Security Scam 
  • HVAC for Coronavirus Phone Scam 
  • Investment Scams 
  • Work from Home Scams 

Everyone is encouraged to always practice the following safeguards in order to help protect yourself from such scams: 

  • Do not respond to calls or texts from unknown numbers or any others that appear    suspicious,
  • Never share your personal or financial information via email, text messages, or over the phone,
  • Be cautious if you’re being pressured to share any information or make a payment immediately, and
  • Do not click any links in a text message. If a friend sends you a text with a suspicious link that seems out of character, call them to make sure they weren’t hacked.

Research and report any suspected scam through the Better Business Bureau’s Scam Tracker website: https://www.bbb.org/scamtracker 

“The City of Goodlettsville Police Department stands ready to assist anyone that feels that they have been a victim of fraud,” said Gary Goodwin, Chief of Police.

 

Stay the course and stay calm, because we are Goodlettsville and we will overcome.

###

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Home - News Carousel

GOODNews

Sharing GOOD News Amid Covid-19

Posted on: April 21, 2020
City Seal

Letter from the City Manager

Posted on: April 8, 2020
smart 911 logo

Smart 911

Posted on: February 18, 2020
Census Round Logo for website

Goodlettsville Counts! Census 2020

Posted on: February 12, 2020
lot rendering

10 Acre Development Site Offering

Posted on: February 10, 2020
New-Holiday-Hours-graphic

Holiday Hours for City Services

Posted on: December 20, 2019
happy-thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Hours for City Services

Posted on: November 20, 2019
Music at the Market

Music at the Market, Thursday, September 19

Posted on: September 10, 2019
road closed

Road Closure for Hitt Lane

Posted on: July 19, 2019
road work

Sewer Rehab and Delays

Posted on: July 8, 2019
2012-12-01 13.25.14

Upcoming Activities & Events

Posted on: January 21, 2019
Goodlettsville TN Site ID

News Headline Example

Posted on: November 19, 2018