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hacker phishing scam during coronavirus pandemic cyber security concept getty While the pandemic has brought out the best in many who are creating and joining efforts to help their communities move forward in the face of extreme disruption and ambiguity, it has also unfortunately uncovered some parasites, whose goal is to exploit others’ misfortune. With...
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Coronavirus fraud alert Coronavirus-related scams were inevitable, but getting taken by one is not. ATLANTA – Coronavirus-related scams were inevitable. But getting taken by one is not. Let’s get you up to speed on this latest high alert coming from the US Department of Health and Human Services.  Scammers are stealing Medicare and Medicaid information and using it...
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Click here for updates on this story     HARRISBURG, PA (WPMT) — Since March 15, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) has paid out more than $32 billion in unemployment benefits. Some people, who never filed a claim, are receiving unemployment checks. It is a sign that scammers are still trying to capitalize on...
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Bureau County Sheriff Jim Reed PRINCETON — Bureau County Sheriff’s Office Investigators are warning residents to be aware of scams involving stimulus checks. Scams may be perpetrated by phone, mail, text or via U.S. mail. The sheriff urges the public to be protective of personal information. Do not give your personal or banking information. Many...
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As the coronavirus pandemic stretches on – impacting jobs and the ability to pay bills – some scammers are looking for ways to get their hands on your cash quick! In recent cases, their plans to get rich quick count on you falling for claims they have uncovered a cure for the coronavirus. “Whether there’s...
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SAN DIEGO, Aug. 04, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Mitek (NASDAQ: MITK, www.miteksystems.com), a global leader in mobile capture and identity verification software solutions, and Gift Card Bank, a nonprofit donating gift cards and financial support to those impacted by COVID-19, announced a new partnership to bring Mitek’s Mobile Verify® technology to its donation platform. Mitek is providing its...
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There you are, sitting at home near the phone or in front of your computer, working remotely or just trying to stave off boredom amid the pandemic. That makes you typical of many if not most Americans. It also makes you a sitting duck. Just ask Phil Moore. The 73-year-old told me the other day...
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Coronavirus hospitalizations continued to head the wrong direction in Minnesota as state health officials warned of another potential petri dish for spreading the virus here and across the nation: the upcoming Sturgis motorcycle rally in South Dakota. The nine-day event is expected to attract more than 250,000 riders and their friends from around the country...
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August 3, 2020 2:08 PM by Andrea Cavanaugh Nita is a Santa Monica resident who received an unsettling phone call last week – the caller said that someone diagnosed with COVID-19 had identified her as someone the person had close contact with before receiving the positive test result. Nita...
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Elsinore Valley Municipal Water Disctrict LAKE ELSINORE – Many water customers across the Southern California region report receiving scam phone calls regarding payment of their water bills. The scammers, posing as agency representatives, demand customers pay their bills immediately via credit card or water service will be disconnected. Do not follow these instructions. Elsinore Valley...
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article FILE – A logo reading DEA Special Agent is pictured in the Office of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on May 29, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by JOHANNES EISELE/AFP via Getty Images) LOS ANGELES – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is warning members of the public to be on the lookout...
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A new study by the Better Business Bureau shows that 44 percent of Americans have been a victim of a government impostor scam.  It also finds that scammers are using the pandemic to try to take advantage of people by posing as representatives of government agencies. Stephanie Garland, Springfield regional director for the Better Business...
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Updated 3:44 p.m. Bikers may see the upcoming Sturgis motorcycle rally in South Dakota as nine days of nonstop fun. Public health authorities, however, view it as a potential petri dish for the spread of COVID-19. More than 250,000 riders and their friends from around the country are expected to arrive in the Black Hills...
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If you’re contacted about possible exposure to the coronavirus, make sure it’s legit. Scammers are masquerading as contact tracers, and it’s smart to verify calls or texts before giving out any information. A tracer’s job is to help contain the pandemic by reaching out to people who may be spreading the coronavirus. You could be...
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Coronavirus fraud alert Coronavirus-related scams were inevitable, but getting taken by one is not. ATLANTA – Coronavirus-related scams were inevitable. But getting taken by one is not. Let’s get you up to speed on this latest high alert coming from the US Department of Health and Human Services.  Scammers are stealing Medicare and Medicaid information and using it...
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Montana Attorney General Tim Fox wants to warm those who have been contacted about having possibly come in contact with someone who may have COVID 19. This process is called contact tracing. The infected individual must share some personal information to help health officials determine how many people the infected individual came into contact with...
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A new study by the Better Business Bureau shows that 44 percent of Americans have been a victim of a government impostor scam.  It also finds that scammers are using the pandemic to try to take advantage of people by posing as representatives of government agencies. Stephanie Garland, Springfield regional director for the Better Business...
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Just because not everyone is a nice person, officials are now warning people of COVID-19 scams that are happening across the country. In the middle of a pandemic, you just knew that some people would look to take advantage of others and try to score some quick cash. According to the FCC, scammers are working...
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August 3, 2020 By Jessica Mathews / news@whmi.com Livingston County residents and others across the state are being urged to beware of puppy scams as many people seek to purchase or adopt dogs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the increased number of those staying at home during the ongoing public health emergency, many are turning...
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I am sorry to say that the COVID crisis has ushered in a golden age for scammers. Not only are they using robocalls to defraud people, they are texting as well. According to Transaction Network Services (TNS), “nearly 5,000 coronavirus-related scams were reported to the FTC through May 18 – costing Americans more than $35...
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