Thursday, June 30, 2022

COVID-19 Fraud

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing us to navigate unchartered waters. Fraud related to this outbreak is no exception. Get the latest headlines here to stay informed.

COVID Feature: Beware of COVID-19 Scams

COVID-19 fraud scams are sweeping the nation via robocalls, texts, emails, and imposter schemes. As of April 28, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reported 27,820 consumer complaints related just to the virus outbreak, including 15,000 complaints about fraud. (Victims reported losing a median...

COVID-19 Employment Benefits Thieves Add Insult to Injury

While using stolen identities to claim unemployment benefits is not new, the federal government’s temporary benefits boost and the huge volume of unemployment benefit applicants makes this an attractive and popular form of COVID-19 fraud. (While all fraud is low, stealing from unemployed workers...

COVID Feature: Cybercriminals Attack Vulnerable Hospitals

Cyber criminals have figured out that with millions of American workers logging on remotely for telework during the global coronavirus pandemic, it’s easy to plant malicious software, including ransomware. That’s why it’s more important than ever to practice good cyber hygiene. (All it takes...

COVID Feature: Fraudsters Preying on Medicare, Medicaid Recipients

Few things motivate people more through a crisis than the kindness of strangers. The shared humanity of “we’re in this together” is good for our mental and physical wellbeing. (Then there are those who ruin that good will with attempts to cash in on...

COVID Feature: Fake COVID-19 PPE and Medical Equipment

Healthcare scams are always galling, but scams around desperately need medical equipment and supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic are triply heartless. Such COVID-19 fraud wastes money for cash-strapped hospitals, delays acquisition of critical equipment and supplies – and in turn endangers healthcare providers and...

COVID Feature: FINRA’s Tips and Tools for COVID-19 Investment Fraud

A study conducted by FINRA and other consumer and financial organizations found that key risk factors for being scammed include social or physical isolation from others, being active online, and financial vulnerability…which sounds like a majority of the population during the COVID-19 pandemic. With...

Phishing for Fraud

With millions of Americans teleworking to prevent the spread of coronavirus, cybersecurity is a huge issue. Government employees and others use virtual private networks to stay connected to their agencies and falling for a cybersecurity scam can infect the networks of whole organizations. Knowing fraudsters’...

COVID-19 Scam Investments

With stock performance tumbling in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, companies providing virus treatment or testing might seem like a sure thing to worried investors. Unfortunately, public anxiety is fodder for COVID-19 fraud, including promotions falsely claiming that certain companies’ stocks will soar because...

Targeting COVID-19 Fraud in Pennsylvania

There’s no emergency sufficiently dire nor human tragedy great enough to deter scammers from trying to cash in on them. That’s evident in the growing variety of COVID-19 fraud schemes being concocted and promulgated across the country as government and citizens battle the spread...

State AGs Attack Virus Scams and Price Gouging

“The bigger the event, the greater the scams,” according to Todd Leatherman, program counsel for the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) Training and Research Institute. That’s abundantly evident in the barrage of COVID-19 fraud schemes and ruthless price-gouging currently afflicting the public in...
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