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4/2/2020 - BE AWARE OF COVID-19 Stimulus Scams

BE AWARE OF COVID-19 Stimulus Scams

Congress has recently passed a large COVID-19 relief and stimulus package. As with other aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic, fraudsters are exploiting the relief and stimulus to victimize the public. The U.S. Secret Service is observing a rise in stimulus relief fraud over the past several days and expect the fraud attempts to continue throughout the pandemic.

Criminal actors are using a variety of means to contact potential victims. In one instance, the criminal actors are using spoofed email addresses posing as U.S. Treasury officials requesting that the victim provide personal identifying information (PII), so that they can receive their share of the stimulus.

Other than via email, criminal actors are contacting potential victims via SMS/text, robocalls, and other messaging platforms. Through texts, criminal actors are sending links which directs individuals to a website, which then prompts the potential victim to enter PII and other sensitive information, such as bank account numbers, email addresses, and passwords.

Please click HERE for the US Secret Service INFO Alert that provides threat information and recommended mitigation strategies to assist individuals and organizations in guarding against the persistent malicious actions of cyber criminals.

Stay vigilant, stay safe!!

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