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FBI Warns of ‘Money Mule’ Scams Tied to COVID-19

Scammers are taking advantage of the pandemic.
May 13, 2020

The FBI is warning people to be wary of people offering them opportunities to make money from home, as people are told to stay there during the coronavirus outbreak. Scammers are taking advantage of the pandemic to try and move money by gaining people’s personal and financial information and using them as “money mules,” the FBI said. The bureau said people should protect themselves by refusing to send or receive money on behalf of individuals and businesses for which they are not personally and professionally responsible.

Types of those schemes include:

  • Work-from-home schemes.
  • Individuals asking you to send or receive money overseas on their behalf.

The FBI says anyone who has been solicited to be a money mule should contact their local FBI field office. Suspicious activity can be reported to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at ic3.gov.

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