Saturday, February 27, 2021

COVID Feature: Ransom

COVID-19 seems to be bringing out the worst in fraudsters. A new cyber blackmail scheme targets unsuspecting people online and threatens to infect their victims and families with COVID-19 if they refuse to pay a ransom. (There’s no doubt that innovative fraudsters are definitely...

COVID Feature: COVID-19 Antibody Test Fraud

As many states across the country begin to relax “Stay-at-Home” restrictions, citizens are venturing out in public and businesses are starting to reopen. While things may appear to be slowly moving toward getting back to normal, federal regulators are advising elected officials, business leaders...

COVID-19 Feature: Softening the Blow

COVID-19 dealt a devastating blow to small businesses around the country as many states and cities forced closures in mid-March. Suddenly, doors were locked, open signs were flipped to closed, and former workers and small business owners began sheltering in place. To help ease...

COVID Feature: Catfishing

Catfishing can be dangerous, although I’m not talking about the type of catfishing that requires a boat, fishing rod, and bait. (Although, there is the possibility you could fall overboard or get hooked by a fishing lure.) Catfishing is also a popular technique used...

COVID Feature: Cryptocurrency COVID-19 Scams

Fraudsters are happy to take your money in whatever form it comes in whether that be cash, bank accounts, credit cards, loans, or gift cards. As a few tech savvy criminals have recently demonstrated, they are also willing to be paid in cryptocurrency. Today, we...

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...

Reversal of Fortune

Some nine million members and veterans of the nation’s military services receive medical coverage from a U.S. government program called TRICARE. It’s a system built on trust — making it an easy mark for seasoned South Florida pharmacist Serge Francois, prosecutors say. Francois, 51, stood trial over the past month on charges of fleecing tens of millions from the taxpayer-funded military program to buy the former Broward County mansion of Hollywood megastar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
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