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 […]

While people continue to take protective measures in order to avoid COVID-19, some groups are actively working harder. It’s not just the essential workers, healthcare workers or first responders. Unfortunately, scammers are also putting in overtime to take advantage of the current situation. Recent reports of quarantine-based scams have included unemployment benefits identity theft, IRS […]

*Last updated September 4, 2020 Right now is a very difficult time for a lot of individuals as concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be at the top of people’s minds. In addition to the inconvenience of social distancing and isolation and the very real fears for personal health and safety, many people are […]

covid-19 charitable giving scams

When any disaster or crisis – including the current global pandemic – occurs, people jump into action to help those impacted by the event. Scammers choose to take advantage of that giving spirit, which is why many people are susceptible to charitable giving scams in times of crisis. Scammers look to take advantage of other’s […]

Each year, the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) reflects on the previous year’s exploits and anticipates trends for the next. When we first published our thoughts on 2020 back in December, it was stated that we anticipated the identity theft trends for 2020 would include 2020 being the year for privacy. While privacy remains an […]

ITRC Grandparent scam phone home

Grandparent scams have been around for a long time. However, scammers are coming up with a new twist based on the coronavirus. COVID-19 grandparent scams are playing on the fears many people have right now, that they might lose a loved one. Who Is It Targeting: Phone and email users What Is It: A grandparent […]

UPDATED 12/8/2020- With so many people working and socializing from home, more than just businesses – employees, families and friends – are trying to find a place to gather (hold virtual meetings, religious services, game nights, birthday parties and happy hours). Zoom has become “that meeting place” for most. According to the Chief Executive of […]