Multiple states including California, Florida, Colorado and more, are offering lottery & sweepstakes incentive programs for COVID-19 vaccine recipients but scammers are taking advantage of the eager consumers. Scammers are posing as government officials and informing vaccine recipients they have won a lottery and follow-through by asking for bank details and Social Security numbers. To avoid these scams, be on alert for anyone asking for banking and personal […]
Feds shut down a fake COVID-19 vaccine website after discovering it was stealing people’s information to commit different forms of fraud.
Scammers are taking advantage of FEMA’s new assistance program for families of loved ones lost to the coronavirus with a COVID-19 funeral scam.
While more people get the coronavirus vaccine, the COVID vaccine fraud concerns continue to rise, including fakes vaccine cards and passport apps.
ID.me shares with the ITRC in the newest Fraudian Slip podcast exploring the latest identity theft trends According to ID.me Founder and CEO Blake Hall, the ultimate unemployment benefits fraud totals could be between $200-$300 billion for the last year. Hall also says that over 50 percent of the claims being paid on are fraudulent, individuals are applying with their own identity in multiple states, and that eligibility fraud is at 30 percent. To learn […]
Facebook and Instagram users are being targeted by cybercriminals promoting fake grants, particularly grants for COVID-19 relief. Recent grant scams reported to the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) include requests for gift cards to “pay the taxes” if the grant is approved. The messages come from cloned accounts or hacked profiles of one of the user’s real Facebook or Instagram friends. Anyone receiving a message about a grant via […]
Digital wallets, an electronic version of payment cards and accounts, and mobile payment apps have become more popular during the global pandemic. U.S. users jumped from 38 percent to 55 percent of smartphone owners in 2020 because they are more convenient and secure for many consumers. They also help serve an important population: the unbanked and underbanked. It can be difficult for some households (approximately 7.1 million) […]
An Internal Revenue Service (IRS) text scam is circulating to get consumers’ personal information, which may put them at further risk of tax identity crimes. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), imposter scams were the top reported fraud in 2020. The FTC had approximately 500,000 reports of the scam, leading to an estimated $1.2 billion in lost funds. People may receive text […]
By Eva Velasquez, president and CEO, Identity Theft Resource Center The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) expects to see the number of victims of COVID-19 identity crimes continue to rise in 2021. The ITRC’s new data shows an increase in identity crime victims being targeted multiple times (28 percent in 2019 versus 21 percent in 2018) before pandemic-related identity crimes. The ITRC expects to see victims targeted multiple times continue to rise. Right […]
One of the first changes in 2020 due to COVID-19 was the delay in the regular income tax filing date. Soon after that, millions of out-of-work Americans began to receive enhanced unemployment benefits and special small business loans. Soon after that, cybercriminals began to steal those benefits. The Department of Labor estimates that unemployment fraud […]