State and local governments around the country are working hard on plans, and in some cases, starting to execute, to carefully reopen their communities and businesses in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Data is being tracked; task forces are mobilizing and planning; and the “new normal” is beginning to take shape. However, this could […]

* Updated as of 1/5/2021 In May 2020, many consumers did not receive their stimulus check, leaving some wondering why. The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) saw a sharp increase in “stolen stimulus check” cases. Now, the second round of checks is being sent out as part of a new stimulus package. Once again, the […]

Classes being moved to virtual and students being off of campus is not stopping scammers from targeting students. According to the Federal Trade Commission, a recent college student stimulus check scam claims to be from universities’ financial departments. However, it’s a trap to steal sensitive information and install malware on students’ devices. Who is it […]

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This post will be updated as more information becomes available Contact tracing scams have begun to pick up steam with the evolving technology coming closer to becoming a reality. Some of those scams include hackers and fraudsters posing as contact tracers – both online and in person – trying to steal personally identifiable information (PII), […]

From groceries and household goods to medicine and clothes, the coronavirus pandemic has forced people to do a fair bit of their shopping online. According to data from ACI Worldwide, in March 2020, online retail shopping saw a rise in sales as high 74 percent year over year. While online shopping is playing an important […]

During the COVID-19 pandemic, people are not traveling much – if at all. As a result, people could be more susceptible to travel loyalty account takeover (accounts that may include large amounts of personally identifiable information like driver’s license and passport numbers). They could also be more vulnerable to attacks because of past breaches and […]

A long-time scam tactic has made a comeback amid the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 catfishing scams are out in full force in an attempt to play on people’s emotions and steal their personally identifiable information to commit fraud. Who Is It Targeting: Social media and dating app users What Is It: A scam where someone creates […]

Scammers are looking to scare people into falling for a COVID-19 contamination scam that contains a link that is designed to steal personal information.  Scammers are sending potential victims a text message informing them that someone they know tested positive for the coronavirus. However, it is just a trap. Who Is It Targeting: Text message […]

With news of the economic hardship surrounding the containment of COVID-19, scammers are out in full force trying to get consumers to fall for CashApp scams by clicking on fraudulent and malicious links that could steal people’s money and identity. Who Is It Targeting: Social media users, email recipients, text messaging platforms What Is It: […]

UPDATE 11/2/2020- November 10, 2020 is “National EIP Registration Day,” a day for the IRS and it’s partners to reach out to people who do not normally file their taxes about the possibility of an economic impact payment. According to the IRS, nearly nine million people will receive a letter with information on how to register on their website to claim […]