Malicious actors continue to abuse coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) as a lure to profit off of innocent people. Indeed, Arkose Labs found that 26.5% of all transactions recorded in Q1 2020 were fraud and abuse attempts—a 20% increase over the previous quarter and the highest attack rate ever observed by the security firm’s researchers. It’s therefore unsurprising that we’ve seen the U.S. Department of Homeland Security launch “Operation Stolen Promise” and other initiatives in an attempt to combat these growing numbers of fraud attempts.
While law enforcement officials work to take down these fraudsters, you as a user can leverage your awareness of the latest COVID-19 scams to not only protect yourself and but to also safeguard others by reporting new ploys to the authorities. Here are some of the latest ruses for which you should be watchful.