Congress has recently passed a large COVID-19 relief and stimulus package. As with other aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic, fraudsters are exploiting the relief and stimulus to victimize the public. The U.S. Secret Service is observing a rise in stimulus relief fraud over the past several days and expects the fraud attempts to continue throughout the pandemic.
How to Identify Threat:
Criminal actors are using a variety of means to contact potential victims. In one instance, the criminal actors are using spoofed email addresses posing as U.S. Treasury officials requesting that the victim provide personal identifying information so that they can receive their share of the stimulus.
How to Protect Against This Threat:
The U.S. Secret Service stresses that individuals seeking information about the stimulus/relief program contact the specific government agency via its website for guidance. Individuals should follow protocols published by those government websites. During this time, it is stressed that the public maintains an increased vigilance when providing any personal identifying information or other privileged and protected
The U.S. Secret Service is working with domestic and foreign law enforcement partners, along with the private sector, to disrupt and dismantle COVID-19 related fraud schemes. If anyone has any information related to this alert, the GIOC can be reached at GIOC@usss.dhs.gov.