Daily COVID-19 Scams (April 7)
In the United States, recent scams related to COVID-19 have been focused on gathering victims' personal information, setting up fake rentals and medical equipment sales, as well as scams targeting employees that are new to working from home. The requested information about these scams related to COVID-19 is included in the attached spreadsheet.
Examples of New COVID-19 Related Scams in the United States
- Scammers are trying several methods to obtain personal and/or financial data from victims, including claiming that the victims need to provide bank details to get their stimulus checks, that victims need to provide their social security to get COVID-19 test results, and that victims working from home should use their tech support services that are covering up phishing schemes. One type of phishing scam involves a website that duplicates coronavirus case tracking websites to gain access to victims' personal information.
- Victims are also being targeted to lose money via rental scams for fake listings where the "owner" uses claims of social distancing to avoid showing the victim the listing as well as grandparent scams where scammers pretend to be sick grandchildren needing money to get treatment for COVID-19.
- COVID-19 related scams are also often focused on setting up fake sales of medical services and products to consumers, businesses, and government agencies. One specific product being marketed to consumers is an "immunization stabilizer tincture" scam that's been advertised and sold by marijuana dispensary YiLo Superstore with claims that the product boosts the immune system.
- Other scams are targeting businesses during the upheaval due to COVID-19, including business email compromise scams and money mule scams for people desperate for work from home jobs.