There has been an increase in scammers impersonating government agencies and offering financial aid and unemployment assistance to those affected by the pandemic. Website domains are being hijacked to host fake government websites. These malicious sites all try to collect personal data such as your name, date of birth, social security number, driver’s license, address, phone number, and email address to later be used for identity theft. Another prominent scam has been fake alerts for suspicious activity on Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) accounts. These alerts urge you to take immediately review your account, and then direct you to hijacked websites to steal your login information. For more information and examples of what these fake websites and emails look like, feel free to check out the link below.
The FBI is warning homeowners about the increase of smart devices being hijacked to record or live-stream swatting incidents.
The FBI has issued a warning about an increase in money mule schemes for the second time this year. Scammers are preying upon workers who have lost their jobs due to the ongoing pandemic, and recruiting them as unwitting money mules.