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U.S. Attorney Warns Public to Be Wary of COVID-19 Vaccine Scams

 

U.S. Department of JusticePortland, ME – U.S. Attorney Halsey Frank is cautioning the public to be extremely skeptical of unsolicited offers to purchase COVID-19 vaccines.

Federal, state, and local agencies have received complaints about scammers capitalizing on demand for the vaccine to access individuals’ personally identifiable information such as Social Security numbers, and money, using various schemes.

Among the tactics, the scammers use are advertisements that promise early access to COVID-19 vaccines in exchange for a deposit or fee as well as offers to be put on a vaccine waiting list, again in exchange for money.

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BBB announces Top five scams to beware in 2021

 

Better Business Bureau - BBBNashville, TN – The COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic caused specific scams to grow exponentially in 2020. Better Business Bureau (BBB) experts warn these top five schemes may continue to be an issue as the new year begins.
 
BBB has seen the number of consumers falling for common scams soar last year. Cybercriminals will continue to use those same schemes as the new year progresses.
 
“Unfortunately, during the pandemic, we’ve seen con artists become more aggressive,” says Robyn Householder, President, and CEO of BBB Serving Middle TN and Southern KY. “Whether it’s online or over the phone, we must remain vigilant.”

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FBI says Tis the Season for Holiday Online Shopping Scams, Don’t Be a Victim

 

Federal Bureau of Investigation - FBIMemphis, TN – With more people than ever doing their holiday shopping online, FBI Memphis wants to remind shoppers to look out for scams designed to steal your money and personal information. Remember, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is!

“According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), in 2019, Tennesseans lost over $33,052,233 due to a variety of scams,” said Douglas Korneski, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Memphis Field Office. “Enjoy a scam-free holiday season by remaining vigilant and if you believe you have been the victim of a scam, report it to the FBI at IC3.gov.”

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BBB warns of Counterfeit Product Scams

 

Better Business Bureau - BBBNashville, TN – The Better Business Bureau (BBB) says it’s hard to resist a great bargain, especially on luxury goods and other high-priced items, but when it comes to counterfeit merchandise, consumers get scammed in a myriad of ways.

Counterfeit products are rarely of the same quality as the original.

They steal from designers and innovators who create original work, take business away from honest retailers, and reproduce tax revenue.

In some cases, counterfeit goods finance illegal activities and even exploit child labor.

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FBI, TBI, U.S. Secret Service Warn of Increase in Money Mule Schemes in Middle and West Tennessee

 

Federal Bureau of Investigation - FBIMemphis, TN – The FBI Memphis Field Office, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and the U.S. Secret Service – Nashville Field Office are warning potential victims of a rise in money mule schemes.  

Acting as a money mule—allowing others to use your bank account, or conducting financial transactions on behalf of others jeopardizes your financial security and compromises your personally identifiable information. Protect yourself by refusing to send or receive money on behalf of individuals and businesses for which you are not personally and professionally responsible.

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BBB gives Tips for handling Telemarketing Calls

 

Better Business Bureau - BBBNashville, TN – The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the district of Minnesota announced Wednesday it is charging 60 defendants for their roles in a $300 million nationwide telemarketing fraud scheme that defrauded more than 150,000 elderly and vulnerable adults in all 50 states.

Over the course of 20 years, the defendants allegedly carried out their scheme using a network of fake magazine sales companies that operated telemarketing centers. The telemarketers reportedly used deceptive sales scripts designed to defraud consumers by manipulating and pressuring them into making large and repeated payments to the companies. 

Watch the U.S. Attorney’s Office press conference on Wednesday, October 28th, 2020. 

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BBB study finds Vehicle Shipper, Escrow Scams Growing as Demand Increases for Online Vehicle Purchases

 

Better Business Bureau - BBBNashville, TN – The Better Business Bureau (BBB) says that social distancing guidelines during the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic have fueled an unprecedented shift to online shopping for consumer goods of all kinds, including vehicles, with particularly high demand for recreational vehicles (RVs).

Many online platforms list cars, trucks, vans and RVs for very low prices, with sellers offering to make third-party delivery arrangements if the buyer pays via escrow. In reality, neither the automobile nor the escrow company exists — leaving the buyer without their money or vehicle. 
 
An in-depth investigative study by Better Business Bureau finds that thousands of consumers have fallen victim to this scam, with losses totaling millions of dollars.

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FDA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: July 22nd, 2020

 

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)Silver Spring, MD – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the following actions taken in its ongoing response effort to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic:

A new FDA Voices, tilted FDA’s Ongoing Work to Support and Advance COVID-19 Diagnostic Test Accuracy and Availability, describes how FDA has been proactive and supportive of test development by all comers — including laboratories, and large and small commercial manufacturers — to speed development and to quickly authorize tests that the science supports.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Continues to Combat Fraudulent COVID-19 Medical Products

 

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)Silver Spring, MD – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is providing an update on the agency’s efforts to combat the extremely concerning actions by companies and individuals that are exploiting or taking advantage of widespread fear among consumers during the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.

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FDA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: May 8th, 2020

 

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)Silver Spring, MDThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today continued to take action in the ongoing response effort to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic:

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