Officials are cautioning about “boss scams” that have been making the rounds as fraudsters target vulnerable employees as the latest wave of the COVID-19 pandemic surges.
New York Attorney General Letitia James issued an alert warning of “boss scams,” which involve scammers using text messages and emails to pose as employers and request gift cards for alleged work emergencies.
James said that the scam has been on the rise during the pandemic as many employees have been working remotely for months, some more than a year.
According to James, “an employee receives a text or an email from someone pretending to be their employer who claims there is an urgent matter.”
The text or email may “spoof” an employer’s actual name, phone number, or email address, making it seem legitimate. The “employer” then requests that the employee buy a certain number of Target or other store gift cards in specific…