Last month, the Federal Emergency Management Agency launched a new program that would provide up to $9,000 for funeral expenses to cover deaths from COVID-19.
Then the scammers appeared.
To apply, survivors need to show documents including receipts for expenses, a death certificate that says was likely caused by COVID-19.
Scammers are contacting survivors, posing as government employees offering to help with the process.
With access to financial information, a loved one’s death certificate and the survivor’s personally identifying information, the imposters are able to pocket up to $9,000 and cause hardship through identity theft for years to come.