Coronavirus Opens a Pandora’s Box of Scams

August 12, 2020

“Scammers are like vampires who bleed their victims not just of money but of hope and self-respect,” said Sandy Close, director of Ethnic Media Services. Close urged media participants “to shine a light on these activities through your media coverage and your community service.”

Scams that have proliferated since the pandemic include large up-front money payments to companies claiming they can assist homeowners to renegotiate mortgage payments they missed because of COVID linked job layoffs; or scams that promise small businesses an inside track to securing federal paycheck protection funds to retain employees.

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