FORT MYERS, Fla. — Scammers are using a new United States Federal Program as a chance to steal personal information from grieving family members, a scam alert from the Better Business Bureau warns.
People have reported getting a call, email, or text message from someone claiming to be from the Federal Emergency Management Agency or another government agency. The scammer claims to be part of the official COVID-19 Funeral Assistance program.
The faux government official claims that you qualify for financial assistance. But first, they need some information to “register” you for the program. Scammers may ask for the name, birth date, and social security number of a deceased family member. Sharing this information can lead to identity theft.
It’s worth noting that not all scammers impersonating FEMA are capitalizing on the funeral program. In another version of this scam, con artists claim to be FEMA representatives following up on your…