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Criminals online are taking advantage of coronavirus anxiety to defraud victims on the internet!
We encourage everyone to exercise caution when buying medical supplies online during the current health crisis, with criminals capitalizing on the situation to run a range of financial scams.
With surgical masks and other medical supplies in high demand yet difficult to find in retail stores as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, fake shops, websites, social media accounts and email addresses claiming to sell these items have sprung up online.
But instead of receiving the promised masks and supplies, unsuspecting victims have seen their money disappear into the hands of the criminals involved.
This is one of several types of financial fraudFraud In law, fraud is intentional deception to secure unfair or unlawful gain (money or other assets), or to deprive a victim of a legal right. Fraud can violate civil law (e.g., a fraud victim may sue the fraud perpetrator to avoid the fraud or recover monetary compensation) or criminal law (e.g., a fraud perpetrator may be prosecuted and imprisoned by governmental authorities), or it may cause no loss of money, property, or legal right but still be an element of another civil or criminal wrong. The purpose of fraud may be monetary gain or other benefits, for example by obtaining a passport, travel document, or driver's license, or mortgage fraud, where the perpetrator may attempt to qualify for a mortgage by way of false statements. A fraud can also be a hoax, which is a distinct concept that involves deliberate deception without the intention of gain or of materially damaging or depriving a victim. schemes connected to the ongoing global health crisis which have been reported to INTERPOL by authorities in its member countries.
We know that scammers use various emergency situations to scamScam A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime - is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost. victims around the world. It was usually that the parents died, or in a car accident, or arrested, or an unlimited array of phony stories about crisis.
But now we have a real worldwide crisis caused by this Corona Virus. There are going to be real emergencies everywhere constantly pulling on our hearts to help. Scammers know this too and will be exploiting this.
Do not be fooled by strangers contacting you for help.
If you want to help, help in your own community and with family and real friends only!
COVID-19 FRAUD SCHEMES
Scams linked to the virus include:
- Telephone fraud – criminals call victims pretending to be a clinic or hospital officials, who claim that a relative of the victim has fallen sick with the virus and request payments for medical treatment;
- Phishing – emails claiming to be from national or global health authorities, with the aim of tricking victims to provide personal credentials or payment details, or to open an attachment containing malwareMalware Short for "malicious software," this term means computer viruses and other types of programs that cybercriminals use to disrupt or access your computer, typically with the aim of gathering sensitive files and accounts..
In many cases, the fraudsters impersonate legitimate companies or organizations, even government, using similar names, websites and email addresses in their attempt to trick unsuspecting members of the public, even reaching out proactively via emails and messages on social media platforms.
“Criminals are exploiting the fear and uncertainty created by COVID-19 to prey on innocent citizens who are only looking to protect their health and that of their loved ones,” said INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock.
“Anyone who is thinking of buying medical supplies online should take a moment and verify that you are in fact dealing with a legitimate, reputable company, otherwise your money could be lost to unscrupulous criminals,” concluded the INTERPOL Chief.
BLOCKINGBlocking Blocking is a technical action usually on social media or messaging platforms that restricts or bans another profile from seeing or communicating with your profile. To block someone on social media, you can usually go to their profile and select it from a list of options - often labeled or identified with three dots ••• AND RECOVERING FRAUDULENT PAYMENTS
Monetary losses reported to INTERPOL and other law enforcement have been as high as hundreds of thousands of dollars in a single case, and these crimes are crossing international borders.
Global law enforcement is receiving information from large numbers of countries on a near-daily basis regarding fraud cases and requests to assist with stopping fraudulent payments. Targeted victims have primarily been located in Asia so far – because that is where the coronavirus was most active, but the criminals have used bank accounts located in other regions such as Europe and North America to appear as legitimate accounts linked to the company which is being impersonated.
In one case, a victim in Asia made payments to several bank accounts unknowingly controlled by criminals in multiple European countries. With INTERPOL’s assistance, national authorities were able to blockBlock Blocking is a technical action usually on social media or messaging platforms that restricts or bans another profile from seeing or communicating with your profile. To block someone on social media, you can usually go to their profile and select it from a list of options - often labeled or identified with three dots ••• some of the payments, but others were quickly transferred by the criminals to second and even third bank accounts before they could be traced and blocked.
To date, 30 COVID-19 related fraud scam cases with links to Asia and Europe, led to the blocking of 18 bank accounts and freezing of more than USD 730,000 in suspected fraudulent transactions.
INTERPOL has also issued a Purple Notice alerting police in all its 194 member countries to this new type of fraud.
If you are looking to buy medical supplies online, or receive emails or links offering medical support, be alert to the signs of a potential scam to protect yourself and your money:
- Independently verify the company/individual offering the items before making any purchases;
- Be aware of bogus websites – criminals will often use a web address which looks almost identical to the legitimate one, e.g. ‘abc.org’ instead of ‘abc.com’;
- Check online reviews of a company before making a purchase – for example, have there been complaints of other customers not receiving the promised items?;
- Be wary if asked to make a payment to a bank account located in a different country than where the company is located;
- If you believe you have been the victim of fraud, alert your bank immediately so the payment can be stopped.
- Do not click on links or open attachments which you were not expecting to receive, or come from an unknown sender;
- Be wary of unsolicited emails offering medical equipment or requesting your personal information for medical checks – legitimate health authorities do not normally contact the general public in this manner.
If you receive emergency assistance requests from strangers:
- Tell them to call their local police or public health organization.
- Never send anyone online any money.
- Block the contact so they cannot continue to manipulate you – the longer you are connected the more likely you are to do what the stranger wants.
- Report all such schemes to the social media company, and if you lost money to your local police.
- Also, report all scam attempts and scams to www.Anyscam.com
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