Fraudster are coming up with new ways during the COVID-19 pandemic to scam those who are vulnerable and stressed during these difficult times. Read this continuation of scams we have been seeing and stay alert! 

Unemployment Scam

There is no cost involved in filing or qualifying for unemployment. So if you get a phone call or email asking for fee to be paid that would be your first red flag! Second, government officials will never ask you to share personal information over the phone unless a phone appointment was preplanned and scheduled for a specific date and time. This includes a full Social Security number, date of birth, employment history and financial information.

Fake Vaccine

A new scam is targeting seniors in Metro Detroit — giving false hope to those hoping to avoid falling ill with COVID-19.

Scammers are offering fake coronavirus vaccines. They say the vaccine costs $29.99 and will be delivered to the victim’s doorstep. There is not a vaccine for COVID-19 yet! Be careful to fall for this scam!

CDC Alerts

Cybercriminals have sent phishing emails designed to look like they’re from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. The email might falsely claim to link to a list of coronavirus cases in your area. Be careful and don’t click on any link without verifying the source.

HR Emails

Cybercriminals have targeted employees’ HR email accounts. One phishing email begins, “All, Due to the coronavirus outbreak, [company name] is actively taking safety precautions by instituting a Communicable Disease Management Policy.” If you click on the fake company policy, you’ll download malicious software.

Stimulus Check

With many businesses closed and taxpayers still waiting on stimulus checks, scammers are capitalizing on the shaky economic climate to cheat and steal. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is reminding taxpayers to be on guard against tax fraud and other related financial scams related to the pandemic. You may receive authentic-sounding email offers and phone calls to expedite payment or even increase the amount on your check. Don’t fall for this scam!

Summary

For every email or message you get STOP, LOOK and THINK for a second or two before you click on any link in an email or open an attachment. One click can cause you or your company a lot of damage/headache. From January 1 until today, the FTC has gotten 18,235 reports related to COVID-19, and people reported losing $13.44 million dollars to fraud.

Stay safe and healthy!

 

 

Sources: FCPA, HHS, FCC, IC3, FBI.GOV, KPTV

Article written by Will Batshoun on LinkedIn

 

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