Pandemic Related Scams are on the Rise
From malware-laden emails to fake donations, to scammers looking to take advantage of people waiting for stimulus checks, you need to be aware of scammers taking advantage during the current public health crisis.
Beware of stimulus package scams
Reports are circulating about individuals posing as representatives of the I.R.S.. These individuals send spam e-mails promising special government economic stimulus offers. The email instructs people to download an attachment that is completed and then submitted online to the IRS to receive their check. However, the form is actually an identity theft tool that steals personal information.
Another scam provides an offer of tips to obtain grants related to the economic stimulus package. The scammers use fake testimonials from individuals who state they received funds by simply filling out a form and sending it in. Links provided in the email take you to a page where personal information is entered, (salary range, e-mail address, mailing address, and date of birth), offering a free CD with further instructions for obtaining the grant. The scammers obtain credit card information for postage and handling as well as all your personal information. A
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Additional Fraud Awareness Information
Warning Signs: That's a SCAM!
The more educated we all are, the more aware you'll be if you happen to come across a scam or attempt of someone trying to steal your identity, finances, or other personal information.
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