By RENAISSANCE ALLIANCE
In early April we found that there has never been a crisis or crisis that criminals will not try exploit and we published a summary of scams: Beware of coronavirus scammers, skimmers & phishers! It's time to update that list. Criminals are only getting smarter and more sophisticated when it comes to taking advantage of our fear of coronavirus and how we have adapted our lives. Here are reports on some of the more recent scams the authorities are seeing, along with tips on how to avoid becoming a victim.
Here are some of the common scams that the Ministry of Justice warns of:
- Antibody testing fraud fraud  Unwanted systems of fraud fraud
- Cryptocurrency scams including extortion, work from home, payment for non-existent treatments or equipment investment fraud.
- Calls and emails from imposters claiming to be IRS and Treasury employees
- Robocall scams selling PPEs, face masks or other medical devices
- "Free" COVID-19 tests if you provide Medicare information
- False charities seeking donations or your bank / credit card information.
- Imposters require promising CARES Act incentive payments or demand repayment for a suspected overpayment
- Fake websites and apps that claim to be associated with CARES Act programs.
The FBI says increased use of mobile banking apps could lead to exploitation
Studies of US financial data indicate a 50% strong mobile bank since early 2020. In addition, studies show 36% of Americans plan to use mobile tools to conduct banking business, and 20% plan to visit branches less often. The FBI warns the public to be aware of fake banking apps and to be careful about downloading apps on mobile devices that may contain banking-related malware. The FBI recommends that you only obtain smartphone apps from trusted sources such as official app stores or directly from banking websites. They also recommend that you use two-factor authentication and use strong passwords and good security.
FBI Sees Rise in Online Shopping Scam
The FBI reports that more and more people are ordering goods online from fraudulent sellers and the goods are never released. The victims are targeted at fraudulent websites from ads on social media platforms and popular online search engines that offer lower prices than usual on items such as gym equipment, small appliances, tools and furniture. Many of the sites used content and contact information that was copied from legitimate sites and posed as US companies. Here are some scams. Instead of. Com, the fraudulent sites used domain extensions on the .club and .top site. Most of the URLs (addresses) have been purchased in the last six months.
The FBI offers these tips to avoid becoming a victim
- Do your homework at the dealer to make sure it's legitimate.
- Check the Whois Public Internet Directory for the retailer's domain registration information.
- Conduct a business survey of the online retailer at the Better Business Bureau.
- Check other company websites for reviews and complaints.
- Check the website contact information on the "Contact Us" page, specific address, email address and telephone number, to confirm whether the dealer is legitimate.
- Beware of online retailers that offer goods at significantly discounted prices.
- Beware of online merchants who use a free email service instead of a corporate email address.
- Do not judge a company by their website; Flashy websites can be created and taken down quickly.
Fraud Monitoring and Reporting
Check the FBI Coronavirus website periodically for updated fraud reports. If you believe you are a victim of fraud or attempted fraud involving COVID-19, you can report it without leaving your home by calling the Department of Justice & # 39 ;s National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720- 5721 or submit NCDF Web Complaints Form.