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Better Business Bureau , November 25, 2020

BBB Scam Alert: That Zoom invite is really a phishing scam

Thanks to the global pandemic keeping people at home, the popular video conferencing platform Zoom has seen usage grow exponentially in 2020. Naturally, this has attracted the attention of hackers and scammers. With a huge user base to target, con artists are using old tricks in new scams to try to steal your information. full article
Huffpost , November 18, 2020

7 Charged With Stealing Millions In COVID Aid, Using It To Buy Lamborghini, Porsche

The suspects allegedly laundered the money by writing checks to relatives and fake employees. The checks were then cashed through a defendant’s checking company.

By Nina Golgowski

Seven people in two states have been charged with allegedly stealing millions of dollars in federal coronavirus relief funds, some of which was spent on a Porsche and Lamborghini sports car, authorities said Tuesday. full article
WBZ Boston (CBS) , November 9, 2020

BBB: Beware Of COVID Vaccine Trial Scams Offering Cash For Participation

BOSTON (CBS) — The Better Business Bureau is warning the public about scams involving coronavirus vaccine studies. The scam often starts as an unsolicited text or social media message saying that you qualify for a clinical trial, which will pay you upwards of $1,000. full article
13 ABC Action News, Toledo, OH , October 8, 2020

Scammers using e-mail to target personal information

October marks National Cybersecurity Month. With more people online than ever, the Better Business Bureau is warning users about a new kind of attack by hackers.

By Jack Bassett

The President of Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan’s Better Business Bureau is warning about a scam making its way online. full article
Reuters , October 6, 2020

UK COVID loan scheme could lose 26 billion pounds from fraud, defaults - watchdog

By Michael Holden

LONDON (Reuters) - Criminals may have made billions of pounds by exploiting a government loan scheme to help British businesses hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, while large losses are expected from firms unable to repay, the country’s spending watchdog has said. full article
Newsday , September 23, 2020

Thieves stole more than $1 million in 'synthetic identity' fraud scheme, Suffolk DA Timothy Sini says

13 people have been charged; the majority of the defendants are from Long Island.

By Bridget Murphy

A complex scheme that netted more than $1 million after thieves created about 20 new identities with stolen information and used them in Suffolk County to get loans and other credit began unraveling after a single phone call to police, authorities said Wednesday. full article
WTEN , September 6, 2020

Nine indicted in identity theft, bank fraud conspiracy

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WTEN) – Nine men were charged in a 13-count indictment for a bank fraud and identity theft scheme with hundreds of victims, including in Albany County. full article
Next Avenue , September 4, 2020

COVID-19 Scams: From Identity Theft to Bogus Contact Tracers

What the 'Friends Talk Money' podcast hosts advise to stay safe

By Richard Eisenberg

Americans have lost more than $106 million to COVID-19 fraud this year, and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has received over 187,000 fraud reports, amounting to more than $130 million in losses. full article
Krebs on Security , August 27, 2020

Confessions of an ID Theft Kingpin, Part II

By Brian Krebs

Ngo now says he wants to use his experience to convince other cybercriminals to use their skills for good. Here’s a look at what happened after he got busted. full article
Krebs on Security , August 26, 2020

Confessions of an ID Theft Kingpin, Part I

By Brian Krebs

At the height of his cybercriminal career, the hacker known as “Hieupc” was earning $125,000 a month running a bustling identity theft service that siphoned consumer dossiers from some of the world’s top data brokers. full article
South Bend Tribune , August 21, 2020

Consumer Advocate: Watch out for scammers’ newest trick: synthetic identity theft

By Marjorie Stephens

One of the newest schemes is synthetic identity theft, where a scammer takes multiple pieces of information from different people to create a fake identity. You could be a victim without knowing. full article , May 30, 2020

UIA provides resources, adds staff to protect Michiganders against unemployment identity theft

New scam steals personal information to file false unemployment claims

The Unemployment Insurance Agency today provided Michigan consumers with resources to help protect against unemployment identity theft and steps to take if they are victim. full article
Spectrum News , May 29, 2020

Amended Lawsuit Alleges Identity Theft Related to Deloitte PUA Leak

By Orie Givens

The list of plaintiffs suing the manufacturer of the state's pandemic unemployment system grew by two this week. full article
The Seattle Times , May 28, 2020

Washington state claws back $300 million from unemployment fraud scheme as many jobless workers await benefits

By Paul Roberts

A week after acknowledging fraud losses of “hundreds of millions of dollars” in Washington’s unemployment insurance system, state officials announced Thursday they had recovered more than $300 million of the stolen funds and blocked thieves from stealing “hundreds of millions” of additional dollars in benefits. full article , May 18, 2020

Podcast: ‘This is heartbreaking’

Unemployment ID theft victims in red tape nightmare

By Bob Sullivan

Imagine applying for unemployment benefits only to be denied because…you are already receiving them. full article
Victoria Advocate , May 2, 2020

Kansas woman's quest for truth leads to Victoria, where her father had secret life

By Kali Venable

Vickie Martin-Hull was about 5 years old when her father disappeared. She spent her life wondering why. full article
CNN , April 14, 2020

Law enforcement facing onslaught of coronavirus scams that could last for years

How scammers are exploiting coronavirus fears

By Katelyn Polantz and Evan Perez

One of the most disturbing coronavirus scams Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has seen starts with a phone call. full article
CNET , April 13, 2020

Jobless after coronavirus layoffs, then struck by identity theft

This crime is always painful, but during the COVID-19 pandemic, it has extra sting.

By Laura Hautala

Getting laid off from a restaurant job was supposed to be the bad part. But when a server went to file for unemployment benefits in Colorado, a second nasty surprise was waiting. Someone else was already drawing benefits in the server's name, in another state. An identity thief had struck, and this was how the server found out. full article
Newsweek , April 13, 2020

Coronavirus Stimulus Check Scams, Fraud, Identity Theft Warning: Safety Tips From IRS as Millions Await Payment

By Lydia Smith

As the coronavirus economic stimulus package gets underway in the U.S, the Internal Revenue Service has urged taxpayers to be wary of fraudulent schemes involving the payments. full article
Fox News , April 12, 2020

FBI exposes coronavirus scam after 39M masks promised from overseas fail to reach California hospitals

By Danielle Wallace

The FBI uncovered an international coronavirus-fueled fraud scheme after more than 39 million masks promised to a powerful California union representing health-care workers were never delivered to hospitals and other medical groups in the state, according to a report published Saturday. full article
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