(WASHINGTON) SCAM ALERT: FTC REPORT: Government imposters may have hit a new low with a scheme that targets the grieving survivors of people who died of #COVID19 by offering them help paying for their loved one’s funeral expenses.

#AceNewsReport – Apr.15: The program is open to American citizens, nationals of U.S. territories, and non-citizens legally admitted to the United States, regardless of income. If you apply, you’ll need to show documents including receipts for your expenses and a death certificate that says the death happened in the United States or its territories and was likely caused by #COVID19.

#CoronavirusNewsDesk – Scammers target loved ones of #COVID19 victims: ‘A real government relief program will pay up to $9,000 for funeral expenses that people have paid since January 20, 2020 for loved ones who died of COVID-19. Survivors can apply for benefits by contacting the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at 844-684-6333.The number is toll-free and multi-lingual services are available’

The program just began yesterday, but even before it started, FEMA said it had reports of scammers contacting people and “offering” to register them for assistance.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • FEMA will not contact you until you have called FEMA or have applied for assistance. Anyone who contacts you out of the blue and claims to be a federal employee or from FEMA is a scammer.
  • The government won’t ask you to pay anything to get this financial help. Anyone who does is a scammer.
  • The government won’t call, text, email, or contact you on social media and ask for your Social Security, bank account, or credit card number. Anyone who does is a scammer.
  • Don’t give your own or your deceased loved one’s personal or financial information to anyone who contacts you out of the blue. Anyone who does that and asks for that information is a scammer.

FEMA’s Funeral Assistance FAQs have information about the documents you need to apply for funeral expenses. The FAQs also tell you what to do if the death certificate didn’t identify COVID-19 as the likely cause of death, as sometimes happened early in the pandemic.

If you doubt a caller claiming to be from FEMA is telling the truth, hang up and report it to the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 or the National Center for Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721. Tell us too, at ReportFraud.ftc.gov

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Apr.15: 2021:

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(WASHINGTON) CFPB Report: SCAM ALERT: Protect yourself from ID theft of unemployment benefits during the #pandemic #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.09: During the pandemic, millions of Americans have filed for unemployment benefits due to job loss and reduced work hours. Unfortunately, scammers are taking advantage of the pandemic and fraudulently filing unemployment claims using stolen personal identity information.

Unemployment benefits scams: How to protect yourself: ‘If you receive a 1099-G tax form for unemployment benefits that you didn’t apply for or receive, you may be a victim of identity theft’

By Sangeetha Malaiyandi –APR 07, 2021

How to protect yourself from unemployment benefit scams:

Learn the four steps you can take to report unemployment benefits fraud and protect yourself and others.

CFB: Learn how to protect yourself and others from fraud and scams during the coronavirus pandemic.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: 09: 2021:

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(SYDNEY) SCAM ALERT: NSW Police Report: Officers are appealing for public assistance as they investigate card skimming-related thefts across the Sydney CBD, North Sydney and Darlinghurst #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.31: Last month, officers from South Sydney Police Area Command commenced an investigation after receiving multiple reports of fraudulent credit card activity following the use of ATMs across Sydney:

NSW Police Report: ‘Investigation into credit card fraud following suspected ATM skimming following suspected fraudulent transactions’

Wednesday, 31 March 2021 11:04:32 AM:

During the investigations, detectives were alerted to the following suspected fraudulent transactions:

  • About 6.10pm on Sunday 7 February 2021, $3000 cash was withdrawn from a 58-year-old man’s bank account without his consent from an ATM in the Sydney CBD. A short time later, a further $2500 was withdrawn from the same man’s bank account from an ATM in North Sydney.
  • About 9.30am on Monday 8 February 2021, $2000 was withdrawn from a 77-year-old woman’s account with her consent from an ATM in Darlinghurst.

Investigations identified that the man and woman had both used an ATM at a shopping centre on Danks Street, Waterloo, in early February. 

It is believed their credit card information was fraudulently acquired from the ATM through a skimming device.

As inquiries continue, police have released a CCTV image and are appealing for public assistance to identify a man who may be able to assist with their ongoing investigations. 

The man depicted is described as being aged in his 30s, with a slim build and dark hair. He is depicted wearing a face mask and a bike helmet.

As inquiries continue, police are appealing for anyone who may have any information about suspicious activity in the area at the time, to call South Sydney Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Anyone who believes their card has been skimmed is urged to report the matter to the police for investigation.

Additional tips:

  • Be aware of multiple EFTPOS terminals and if you can tap to pay, tap.
  • Only allow your card to be swiped once.
  • Don’t let your card out of your sight and never let anyone see your PIN.
  • Take notice of the terminal the driver is using to process your transaction and ensure it looks legitimate.
  • Regularly check your statements and report any irregularities to your financial institution immediately.
  • Report all suspected cases of card skimming to the police for further investigation.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Mar.31: 2021:

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(WASHINGTON) Justice Dept Report: SCAM ALERT: After they received reports that fraudsters are creating websites mimicking unemployment benefit websites, including state workforce agency (SWA) websites, for the purpose of unlawfully capturing consumers’ personal information: #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.05: Schemes that use links embedded in unsolicited text messages and emails in attempts to obtain personally identifiable information are commonly referred to as phishing schemes. Phishing messages may look like they come from government agencies, financial intuitions, shipping companies, and social media companies, among many others. Carefully examine any message purporting to be from a company and do not click on a link in an unsolicited email or text message. Remember that companies generally do not contact you to ask for your username or password. When in doubt, contact the entity purportedly sending you the message, but do not rely on any contact information in the potentially fraudulent message.

Justice Department Warns About Fake Unemployment Benefit Websites: ‘To lure consumers to these fake websites, fraudsters send spam text messages and emails purporting to be from an SWA and containing a link: The fake websites are designed to trick consumers into thinking they are applying for unemployment benefits and disclosing personally identifiable information and other sensitive data: That information can then be used by fraudsters to commit identity theft’ Unless from a known and verified source, consumers should never click on links in text messages or emails claiming to be from an SWA offering the opportunity to apply for unemployment insurance benefits’

Instead, anyone needing to apply for unemployment benefits should go to an official SWA website, a list of which can be found at: https://www.careeronestop.org/localhelp/unemploymentbenefits/unemployment-benefits.aspx.

If you receive a text message or email claiming to be from an SWA and containing a link or other contact information, please report the communication to the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) by calling 866-720-5721 or using the NCDF Web Complaint Form found at: www.justice.gov/disaster-fraud.

If you believe you may have entered information into a fraudulent website, resources on how to protect your information can be found at: www.identitytheft.gov.

To learn more about identifying and protecting yourself from phishing attempts, go to: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/how-recognize-and-avoid-phishing-scams or https://www.fbi.gov/scams-and-safety/common-scams-and-crimes/spoofing-and-phishing.

Further information about the SWA-imposter scheme, and other major scams targeting American consumers, can be found at the Justice Department’s Transnational Elder Fraud Strike Force website: https://www.justice.gov/civil/consumer-protection-branch/transnational-elder-fraud-strike-force.

This alert is provided by the Justice Department’s National Unemployment Insurance Fraud Task Force (NUIFTF) and the Consumer Protection Branch of the department’s Civil Division. Members of NUIFTF include: Department of Labor Office of Inspector General, U.S. Secret Service, Homeland Security Investigations, IRS-Criminal Investigation, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General, and FDIC Office of Inspector General.

Find out more about the NUIFTF at: https://www.justice.gov/file/1319301/download.

For more information about the Consumer Protection Branch, visit http://www.justice.gov/civil/consumer-protection-branch.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Mar.05: 2021:

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