On August 23, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody issued a consumer alert, warning Florida residents of the latest Corona Virus-related scam. I want you to know so you don’t become a crime victim and add to the challenges we all face with this pandemic.
Here’s how it works:
Criminals are pretending to represent the head of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in fraudulent e-mails that tell recipients they’re eligible for relief money and require them to provide their personal/ financial information.
This is known as a phishing scam and the goal is to create a sense of urgency to trick you into clicking a link or opening an attachment without thinking. You might be lured into providing passwords or financial information to receive the relief funds.
Don’t fall for this!
The FTC is not sending out COVID-19 stimulus or relief money. This is a scam and you can report it to the FTC by visiting its Report Fraud website at https://report fraud.ftc.gov/#/ or e-mailing ReportPhish firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some good reminders about recognizing fraud and how to avoid falling prey to imposter scams. It may be a scam if you receive:
The Attorney General’s website provides helpful information on several types of Coronavirus scams—ranging from unsubstantiated disinfectant claims, fake treatment and cures, at-home testing kits, fraudulent products, and scams involving federal stimulus checks.
Look for Scams At A Glance, www. MyFloridaLegal.com You can also report scam information or file a complaint.
The Volusia Sheriff’s Office continues to safeguard our beautiful community. Reach out to our neighbors and families and continue to help keep each other safe.