HOUSTON – Once again, thieves are using the COVID-19 pandemic to think of new ways to steal your information. Online money scams cost Americans more than $4.2 billion dollars last year. KPRC 2 Investigates has this warning about the most common COVID-related scams in 2021.
Scam #1 – COVID Tax Relief and Economic Impact Payment scam
Thieves call or text to confirm your personal information so you can receive your stimulus check. They are actually just taking your personal information to steal your identity. In some cases, thieves use your information to apply for unemployment benefits.
Scam #2 – COVID Vaccine Registration scam
Watch out for COVID phishing emails. The Better Business Bureau explains how it works: You get a phone call, social media message, or an email saying that you are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. It appears to come from a friend, a public health official, or someone from a local hospital or clinic. You start to schedule your appointment, but you quickly find there’s a catch. The person who contacted you needs personal information or requires you to pay upfront.
Common COVID scam subject lines to watch out for
Information about your vaccine
In another version, thieves ask you to fill out a COVID-related survey
Scam #3 – Random ZOOM requests
Thieves are also cashing in on the popularity of ZOOM.
You’ll get an email with a ZOOM…