(UnitedVoice.com) – It seems hard-working Americans aren’t the only ones waiting to receive their much-needed stimulus checks. The FBI is warning people about a new scam criminals are using to try and steal your money.
Federal authorities say scammers are texting “goodie” offers as part of a COVID-19 stimulus package deal for “loyal customers” from Costco.
The #FBI warns of fraud scheme messaging the promise of money, i.e., “stimulus check” from retailer, Costco, and provides a link, containing malware, ransomware or other fraudulent methods to steal identity, financial or other personal information. https://t.co/A2RafYZ637 pic.twitter.com/RgY5e5xUPO
— FBI San Diego (@FBISanDiego) March 31, 2020
Other examples of scams criminals might use:
- Sending phishing emails pretending to be government agencies requiring verification of personal information before receiving stimulus money
- Using websites to infect and lock your digital devices and hold them ransom in exchange for money
- Creating COVID-19 case tracking websites to steal your personal information to commit fraud
Since President Trump signed the $2 trillion dollar deal, federal law enforcement has reported a steady rise in fraud schemes and other types of crimes with no signs of slowing down.
If you believe you have been a victim of an internet scam or cybercrime, you should file a complaint and report any suspicious online activity to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.
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