FBI warns of ongoing COVID-19 scams targeting govt, health care [bleepingcomputer]

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) warned government agencies and health care organizations of ongoing BEC schemes exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as an overall increase in cryptocurrency and health care fraud scam activity targeting consumers.

Govt and health care industry buyers were alerted of multiple incidents where fraudsters scammed state government agencies trying to buy personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical equipment from both domestic and foreign entities.

“By the time the purchasing agencies became suspicious of the transactions, much of the funds had been transferred outside the reach of U.S. law enforcement and were unrecoverable.”

Scammers also tricked govt agencies to pay for goods or services without actually receiving what they paid for as part of advance fee fraud schemes.

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