Tuesday, November 29, 2022

COVID Feature: Poor Competition

Due process and proper procedure can often be overlooked or rushed through during a crisis. This seems to be the case with recent approvals of federal coronavirus contracts. A team of USA TODAY journalists investigated 15 states that have been hit hardest by the pandemic...

Colorado Frauds Climb to New Heights

Unemployment claims have skyrocketed in recent months due to the pandemic. An increased likelihood of fraud corresponds with the rise in unemployment claims as fraudsters seek to take advantage of the national crisis. The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment has reported a substantial increase...

COVID Feature: Coronavirus Schemes Are Spreading Fast

The IRS Criminal Investigation (CI) division is warning taxpayers about increasing fraud from COVID-19-related schemes. These types of scams prey on fragile Americans during unprecedented circumstances. (Fraudsters won’t hesitate to abuse programs meant to help people through financially difficult times.) COVID-19-related scams vary in methodology...

COVID Feature: Rolling Into Fraud

The coronavirus pandemic has led to an increase in people registering with state Medicaid programs, which has corresponded with a spike in Medicaid related fraud. Medicaid fraud can take many forms as fraudsters pour their creativity into preying on the most vulnerable among us....

COVID Feature: Stolen Stimulus Checks

While there are legitimate reasons that some are still waiting to receive their COVID-19-related CARES Act stimulus check, there have been cases of theft.  A few examples of theft have occurred in the form of caretakers taking advantage of nursing home residents and people...

COVID Feature: COVID-19 Contact Tracing

Perhaps you’ve heard about COVID-19 contact tracing. (If you’re out of a job, you might want to look into it. Many states are hiring for this position.) The CDC explains that contact tracing is one part of a multiprong approach to fighting the spread...

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...
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