*Last updated January 27, 2021 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 […]

This post will be updated as more information becomes available UPDATE: 6/15/2020- According to the Wall Street Journal, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the administration is “very seriously considering” a second round of stimulus checks. The proposed $3 trillion Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions, or HEROES Act, was passed by the U.S. Senate […]

Due to the coronavirus, the stock market is making headlines right now, for all the wrong reasons. Scammers see it as the perfect time to prey on consumers with investment scams. Who Is It Targeting: Small-time, first-time, and seasoned investors What Is It: Various scams that target novice and seasoned investors What Are They After: […]

Scammers have gotten creative as the COVID-19 pandemic has driven most people to spend their days in their homes – including creating phishing emails that attack both businesses and consumers. Fraudsters are currently taking advantage of the millions of people working from home. They may try representing themselves as the U.S. government, whether it be […]

As the U.S. continues to struggle to meet the need for coronavirus testing, some scammers are beginning to call people and offer them free tests. Consumers should be on the lookout for these coronavirus testing robocalls. Who Is It Targeting: Phone users What Is It: Robocalls that steal personal information What Are They After: While […]