Due to the stay at home order, online shopping and online food orders are all things that are contributing factors to making it easier for criminals to scam in relation to identity theft, not just in person but also online.
Scammers are sending emails and social media messages saying things like “We would like to schedule you for COVID-19 test” Or they will offer you a discount or coupon on curbside pick up or food delivery. After that, the scammers will ask you for your personal information.
ABC21 spoke with Bryan Lewis who is the CEO of Intellicheck. A tech company that helps banks and retailers stop identity theft by being able to authenticate the person before a transaction is made.
Lewis says 15 million Americans had their identity stolen last year alone. Since the beginning of the year, the Better Business Bureau of Northeast Indiana has received 59 complaints between January and the end of May. This in regards to Social Security and Identity fraud. And at least 13 complaints involving credit card fraud.
The communication director over at the BBB says that scammers are working hard to take advantage of people especially during this coronavirus pandemic. She informed me that criminals are trying to steal others I did these in order to get peoples stimulus checks and unemployment benefits.
Experts say most believe that only the elderly are the only ones at high risk of being scammed. However, that’s not necessarily the case. Young people are at high risk as well, this is because of the easy access to information online. Coming from profile biographies, names, school mascots, pets and other information that can be used within the “Forgot your password” process.
Mr. Lewis and Ms. Thomas both encourage Hoosiers to be proactive in protecting oneself because anyone can be a target to a scammer, whether or not it’s in person or online.
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