Scammers are busy at work in this time of chaos and uncertainty around the world. Action Fraud, a reporting center for cybercrime in the United Kingdom, reports an increase of 400% in Corona-related fraud incidences.
In the US, the FBI and the Federal Trade Commission, as well as attorneys general across the country, report similar increases in fraud related to COVID-19. As the public remains isolated at home, there is increased fear and a need for up-to-date information on the progress of the pandemic. The scammers use familiar methods to capitalize on this fear and the fact that many people are now using technology for the first time.