The Federal Emergency Management Agency is warning New England residents of a new scam which has criminals pretending to be from the agency and offering COVID-19 pandemic relief.
The scammers are contacting people by phone, text message, email and social media and are offering financial help but ask the targeted person for their personal information such as their Social Security Number, bank account information or credit card number. They are also asking for people to pay a fee before receiving financial help.
“Their real goal is to make money from, or steal the identity of, their victims,” FEMA officials said.
No federal agency will charge for disaster assistance. Residents are urged to check out any offers, especially if they seem too good to be true, with official sources before sharing any personal information.
Because of the many rumors about coronavirus disaster relief, FEMA has put out information about it on its website at https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/rumor-control
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