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STOP COVID-19 Fraud

COVID-19 Financial Fraud

Scammers have attempted to profit from the COVID-19 pandemic through fraudulent financial activity relating to payment for non-existent or counterfeit goods (testing kits and medical treatments), fraudulent fundraising for phony charities, and other financial relief scams. Many COVID-19 fraud schemes target the elderly. The following infographic contains a list of consumer scams identified by federal law enforcement and regulatory agencies:

COVID-19 Fraud

How You Can Help

INCREASE awareness by monitoring the impact of COVID-19 and related reporting

  • Federal Trade Commission (FTC): Subscribe to alerts for consumers and businesses to keep up with the latest scams.
  • The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has issued guidance to financial institutions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic at the following link.

MAINTAIN strong “Know Your Customer” practices and comply with the Bank Secrecy Act and other industry reporting requirements through a comprehensive anti-money laundering program

  • The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN): Provides further information to financial institutions in response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic

STRENGTHEN communication and promote public-private partnerships

  • Partner with your local HSI office by maintaining open lines of communication and report suspicious activity

REPORT SCAMS

  • If you suspect you are being scammed, don’t hesitate in reporting the incident to local law enforcement and contact Homeland Security Investigations at Covid19Fraud@dhs.gov. Even if it’s too late to recoup losses, details may help others from becoming a victim.

Protecting America is more than just a responsibility for government agencies; it's a shared mission for all Americans. The importance of private sector partnership in this shared mission cannot be overstated. There are several ways individuals and businesses can help:

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ICE Guidance on COVID-19

ICE Guidance on COVID-19

Updated frequently during this extremely fluid situation

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Operation Stolen Promise

Operation Stolen Promise

Web Feature

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Covid19Fraud@dhs.gov

Report COVID-19 Fraud

Covid19Fraud@dhs.gov

Updated: 01/07/2021