During this time of uncertainty, Orion wants to remind our members to be vigilant against digital scammers who are taking advantage of fears surrounding the pandemic. Please be aware of the elevated risk of scammers attempting to steal money and obtain personal information. This danger may come in the form of websites selling bogus products, fake emails with malicious attachments, misleading phone calls or text messages, and social media posts promoting awareness and information, asking you to donate to victims, or offering advice about unproven treatments.

Here are some tips to help you be more aware than ever about the spread of misinformation and protect yourself during this difficult time.

Remember that Orion will never contact you to ask you for your user ID or password.

Please be aware of financial fraud and never share your account information with unauthorized callers or online requests.

Don’t click on links from sources you don’t know.

This may download a virus onto your computer or device. Make sure the anti-malware and anti-virus software on your computer is up to date.

Make sure you are only getting information from reputable sources.

Do not open emails claiming to be from “experts”. Utilize resources like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Do not be tempted by questionable offers for vaccination or treatment for the Coronavirus.

If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. If there is a medical breakthrough, it will not be first communicated to you through an online advertisement.

Do not rush into making donations.

If you receive a request for donations by cash, gift card, or wire transfer, do not proceed. If you would like to donate to the cause, research the organization or cause to ensure it is legitimate before making any contributions.

Beware of corona-related “investment opportunities”.

There are many false online promotions claiming that publicly-traded companies will go up in value as a result of this crisis. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has released warnings against these types of predatory claims, which are being advertised through online promotions, including on social media.

Your well-being is of utmost importance and your finances are also top of mind today and every day. The Orion team remains committed to keeping your money secure during this time and offering products and services that will serve your needs.

Questions about your account?

Contact our Member Connect Team at 901-385-5200, or send a secure message through online banking or your Orion app.