Criminals trying to steal from families who lost a loved one to COVID-19

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Families who’ve already lost a loved one to COVID-19 are being hit hard again. Now, crooks are trying to steal from those families.

This scam starts like most others do, with a call, an email or a text.

In this particular case, the scammer claims to be from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and they offer you financial help as part of the COVID-19 funeral assistance program.

They tell you they just need to register you and then proceed to ask for the name, date of birth and social security number of that deceased family member.

Bryan Oglesby with the Better Business Bureau says their goal in asking you for that information is to steal your identity.

“And their endgame is to collect personal information. or in another version, they may ask to give up some kind of payment to receive those funds. So, this is the similar mo to many government…

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