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Scammers are targeting Americans’ new coronavirus-related fears, as federal law enforcement warns people to “be suspicious” and keep an eye out for offers that seem “too good to be true.”
Opportunistic criminals are cashing in on the public’s efforts to stay healthy as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to skyrocket nationwide. Scammers are tailoring their bogus offers and criminal schemes to give people what they want: jobs, medical equipment and even medical attention.
“They see a vulnerable population out there that they can prey upon," said Steven Merrill, who heads the FBI's Financial Crimes Section, in a Q&A-style article published by the agency on Monday. "People are scared and looking for help. People are trying to protect themselves and their families. "There may be an extra level of desperation right now that may cause someone to make an emotional decision that could make them a victim.”