From phony puppy websites to fake COVID cleaning supplies to miracle cures, fraudsters have found new ways to take advantage of people during the coronavirus pandemic.
Fraudsters have been capitalizing on the coronavirus pandemic to wreak more havoc, from robocalls to phishing emails and texts. AARP wants to keep you and your loved ones safe from con artists.
Deep within the internet is the Dark Web, a space where criminals can anonymously buy and sell illegal goods and private information. Known as the “Internet Godfather,” Brett Johnson created one of the dark web’s first online stores where criminals and scammers can anonymously sell illegal goods and private information. Eventually, he was caught and convicted. Now, after serving seven years in prison, Brett works to stop criminal enterprise and consults for the Secret Service and the cybersecurity industry.
AARP Fraud Watch Network has received reports of door-to- door, telephone, email and ad scams offering bogus COVID-19 testing kits and cures and promising stimulus checks.
AARP Maryland, working with state government and consumer advocates, is promoting Protect Week, starting Monday, June 15, to raise awareness about fraud, and provide resources to prevent scams.
Scammers look to capitalize on the news of the moment, especially if the headlines can instill fear and motivate people to act. The ongoing outbreak of the coronavirus is no exception. While scientists and medical professionals are working overtime to find ways to test for and stem the spread of the virus, the Federal Trade Commission warns that bad actors are working hard to use this as an opportunity to deceive consumers and steal their money or sensitive information.
AARP Louisiana is offering two sessions at which Bayou Staters can protect themselves from identity theft by shredding up to four boxes of personal documents such as bank statements, canceled checks and receipts.
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