(RightWing.org) – The FBI has warned that cybercriminals are leveraging the COVID-19 pandemic to scam people in new ways. With more people working from home, thieves have found a way to make their fake emails more convincing – and millions of Americans are at risk.
In a document dated November 25, but not publicly reported until Monday the 30th, the Bureau said that Business Email Compromise (BEC) scammers are using auto-forwarding rules to send out emails with fake payment requests. Because auto-forwarding often doesn’t synchronize between a company’s webmail and an employee’s desktop email client, it’s much harder for IT security to identify and track fake emails.
— TeamLogicITAllentown (@TLITAllentownPA) December 3, 2020
The FBI says that BEC scams, where scammers send emails that seem to come from a legitimate business but ask for payments or wire transfers that go to the scammer’s account, raked in more than $1.7 billion in 2019. This year, with tens of millions more people working online, the total theft could be much higher.
If you feel you have been the victim of this or any other type of scam, contact the FBI online or by calling 1-800-CALL-FBI.
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