According to US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), have been noted losses of $ 12 million due to fraud related to him coronavirus. This number is derived from thousands of reports users, who fell victim such a scam from January 2020 until now.
"The FTC has received more than consumers 16 thousand reports for scams related to the coronary artery. Consumers said they lost a total of $ 12,78 million, "the commission said.
U.S. consumers have reported so far 16.778 cases, with 46,3% of complaints reporting losses between 1 January and 12 April 2020.
Most of the complaints came from her California, with 2.010 consumers declaring victims fraud. There were many complaints from her as well Florida, The New York and Texas.
In most cases, fraudsters tried to deceive consumers who were looking for them travel offers (2.800 attempts), but also those who perform online purchases (1.741 attempts). They were also frequent scams with text messages (1.017).
The FTC and other U.S. agencies have been informing consumers since February about fraudsters exploiting the coronaire to attract potential targets through Phishing emails, text messages and social media.
"The swindlers take advantage of fears of people on the corona, ”the FTC said at the time. "They are creating lies sites who sell products and use fake emails, messages and social media to take your money and steal it personally your data ”.
In March, the FTC also warned nine VoIP service providers not to help and / or facilitate illegal activities. robocalls, who exploit the public's anxiety about the coronaio.
"Many of these robocalls are taking advantage of consumers' fears about it pandemic and are used for fraud or dissemination misinformation. FTC staff have reason to believe that one or more of them customers You may face such illegal telemarketing campaigns, ”the FTC told providers.
In April, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) also issued a warning about the increase in corona-related scams. The frauds are committed through emails, social media, phone calls calls etc. Attackers usually ask for personal information.
"We are asking people to be very careful at this time. The IRS is not going to call you and ask you to verify or provide your financial details, "said IRS chief Chuck Rettig.
"This also applies to strange emails that appear to come from the IRS. Remember not to open such emails or click attachments archives and links. go to IRS.gov for any information".