Wednesday, August 5, 2020

COVID Feature: Rolling Into Fraud

The coronavirus pandemic has led to an increase in people registering with state Medicaid programs, which has corresponded with a spike in Medicaid related fraud. Medicaid fraud can take many forms as fraudsters pour their creativity into preying on the most vulnerable among us....

COVID Feature: Stolen Stimulus Checks

While there are legitimate reasons that some are still waiting to receive their COVID-19-related CARES Act stimulus check, there have been cases of theft.  A few examples of theft have occurred in the form of caretakers taking advantage of nursing home residents and people...

COVID Feature: A Few Bruised Peaches

A woman in Lawrenceville, Ga., stands accused of being a part of a coronavirus scheme involving the elderly. (Not all is peachy in Georgia at the moment.) Ashley Hoobler Parris and other alleged fraudsters are accused of participating in this Medicare scam with the...

COVID Feature: COVID-19 Contact Tracing

Perhaps you’ve heard about COVID-19 contact tracing. (If you’re out of a job, you might want to look into it. Many states are hiring for this position.) The CDC explains that contact tracing is one part of a multiprong approach to fighting the spread...

COVID Feature: Ransom

COVID-19 seems to be bringing out the worst in fraudsters. A new cyber blackmail scheme targets unsuspecting people online and threatens to infect their victims and families with COVID-19 if they refuse to pay a ransom. (There’s no doubt that innovative fraudsters are definitely...

COVID Feature: COVID-19 Antibody Test Fraud

As many states across the country begin to relax “Stay-at-Home” restrictions, citizens are venturing out in public and businesses are starting to reopen. While things may appear to be slowly moving toward getting back to normal, federal regulators are advising elected officials, business leaders...

COVID-19 Feature: Softening the Blow

COVID-19 dealt a devastating blow to small businesses around the country as many states and cities forced closures in mid-March. Suddenly, doors were locked, open signs were flipped to closed, and former workers and small business owners began sheltering in place. To help ease...

COVID Feature: Catfishing

Catfishing can be dangerous, although I’m not talking about the type of catfishing that requires a boat, fishing rod, and bait. (Although, there is the possibility you could fall overboard or get hooked by a fishing lure.) Catfishing is also a popular technique used...

COVID Feature: Cryptocurrency COVID-19 Scams

Fraudsters are happy to take your money in whatever form it comes in whether that be cash, bank accounts, credit cards, loans, or gift cards. As a few tech savvy criminals have recently demonstrated, they are also willing to be paid in cryptocurrency. Today, we...

COVID Feature: Beware of COVID-19 Scams

COVID-19 fraud scams are sweeping the nation via robocalls, texts, emails, and imposter schemes. As of April 28, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reported 27,820 consumer complaints related just to the virus outbreak, including 15,000 complaints about fraud. (Victims reported losing a median...
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