Offers of bogus drugs to prevent or treat coronavirus infection. Websites selling fake vaccines. False promises of speedier receipt of government stimulus checks.
This is the new face of fraud.
With millions of Americans out of work and hunkered down at home because of the pandemic, twists on tried-and-true criminal techniques are flourishing. Multiple federal agencies, including the F.B.I., the Internal Revenue Service and the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services, have recently issued advisories, warning consumers to beware of fraudsters eager to prey on people at a stressful time.