Tens of millions of Americans have found themselves out of work as the economy reels from the impact of COVID-19. A record 22 million Americans have filed for unemployment insurance in the four weeks leading up to April 11.
Fraudsters are stooping to new lows as the world continues to fight COVID-19. Whether they are posing as the CDC or the IRS, scammers have shown that there is no line they won't cross to benefit from the mass panic caused by the pandemic. Recently, scammers have found a new scare tactic to help them swindle people. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warns that scammers posing as government contact tracers are sending text messages to potential victims asking them to click malicious links.
Since the government announced it would be sending $1,200 to qualifying Americans, fraudulent activity has skyrocketed. The Louisiana Department of Revenue has warned taxpayers to protect themselves against thieves phishing for stimulus money and financial information.
Every 10 years, the Census Bureau makes an effort to count every person living in the United States. The census helps to determine if our region is receiving adequate funding from the federal government.
The process is important — but it's also invasive. Census questions range from "what's your household income" to "how many televisions do you own?".
Due to the sensitive nature of the survey, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a warning that scammers may exploit the process to steal your information.