Criminal Activity related to COVID-19: Fraud, Ransomware Attacks and other Scams

Dec 31, 2020, 18:05 PM

As we near the end of 2020, cybercriminals will continue to exploit the COVID-19 pandemic. Scammers are using telemarketing calls, text messages, social media platforms, and door-to-door visits to perpetrate COVID-19-related scams to steal your information.

Here are five things to be aware about COVID-19 fraud from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Many illicit actors are creating fraudulent schemes that exploit vulnerabilities including legitimate efforts to develop, distribute, and administer vaccines. Here is the latest from the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network regarding staying alert to COVID-19 vaccine-related scams and cyberattacks. Be vigilant and protect yourself from potential fraud concerning COVID-19 vaccines. You will NOT be asked for money to enhance your ranking for vaccine eligibility.

Be cautious and suspicious for unexpected calls, emails, texts and visitors as it most likely is fraudulent. If you suspect COVID-19 health care fraud, report it immediately online or call 800-HHS-TIPS (800-447-8477). You may also contact your State Attorney General's office.Contact the Nebraska State Attorney General Office.

Stay up to date with the latest Coronavirus-related scams on the FTC’s website. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

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