Just when you think you’ve seen it all, scammers have found a way to make money from the COVID-19 pandemic – your money, as it turns out.
Here is the story. Michigan attorney general Dana Nessel said scammers are reaching out to survivors of people who have died from the coronavirus “Help” You are registering for federal agency FEMA death grants.
According to a press release from the AG, FEMA is offering funds to pay for funeral expenses that have been paid since January 20, 2020 for loved ones who have died of COVID-19.
The scammers target potential applicants and offer to register them for the FEMA funeral program in order to steal personal information.
“I’ll say it again, bad actors will do anything to make a quick buck or steal your personal information, and that includes taking advantage of your grief.” Said nettle in the press release. “FEMA will not contact you until you have called their agency or requested assistance. Anyone who contacts you unsolicited and claims to be a government employee or FEMA is a scam. “
In other words, the government will not ask you to pay to get this financial aid.
The government won’t call, text, email, or contact you on social media asking for your social security, bank account, or credit card number.
Do not give your own or your deceased loved one’s personal or financial information to someone who contacts you out of the blue.
If you receive a suspicious call from someone claiming to be from FEMA, hang up and report the FEMA hotline at 800-621-3362 or the National Fraud Center hotline at 866-720-5721.
(THE MARQUETTE MINING JOURNAL)
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