COVID-19 ‘Global Empowerment Fund’ Phishing Scam
News from the Federal Trade Commission in the US
Please note we feel warnings such as this are relevant everywhere as similar scams are likely to be Worldwide.
People are being asked to remain alert to the latest phishing scam targeting your bank account details and personal information.
Scammers pretending to be government officials from the FTC are contacting people with a fake story about a newly created ‘Global Empowerment Fund’ which has been set up to assist with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
This is a scam – “The FTC will never contact you by phone, email, text message, or social media to ask for your financial information. (Or your Social Security number.)”
US – If you are concerned that you may have been contacted by these scammers, please alert the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint and visit IdentityTheft.gov for steps you can take to protect yourself.
UK – Contact Action Fraud: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/ (we recommend the use of the online resources to avoid long call delays)
Worldwide – You can report Coronavirus related scams on our dedicated page: https://kwikchex.com/coronavirus-scams-and-dangers/