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FBI Warns of Internet Extortion Scams During COVID-19 Pandemic

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has warned that they have seen a number of of reports of online extortion scams during the current “stay-at-home” orders due to the COVID-19 crisis. These scams have been around for a long time but because most of the population is staying at more and using their email and internet to communicate they are seeing an increase in the number of online extortion scams.
The fraudsters are emailing users that they are to release sexually explicit photos and/or videos to friends and family if they do not pay them money. Scammers will adapt their schemes to capitalize on current events such as the COVID-19 pandemic and other high profile new stories.
The FBI warns that many of these emails have similar characteristics. Please read below for just a few of the similarities.
  • The email comes from an unknown party and is often written in broken English with grammatical errors.
  • Some of the recipient’s personal information (such as a user name or password) is provided in the e-mail or letter to make the threat more intimidating.
  • The recipient is accused of something that would put them in a compromising situation if it got out, like visiting adult websites.
You can the whole Press Release from the FBI here.

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For years, before the coronavirus pandemic, we advised clients to have important legal and health documents in a file or folder and to tell family members the location of the file so they were available in an emergency. The current pandemic has added a few extra dimensions to what you need to include if a loved one requires hospitalization.

Remember that visitors are NOT allowed in hospitals. It will become difficult, if not impossible, to get these items to your loved one and if they do not bring them with them when admitted to a hospital.

  1. Clearly written and UPDATED accurate list of medications: name, dose, frequency and name, and phone number of the prescribing doctor.
  2. The name of your primary treating physician, their office number, emergency number, office address.
  3. Legal documents including Health Care Proxy, Advance Directive, and/or POLST (Physicians Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment, printed on a single sheet and in a bright or neon color).
  4. A complete and updated written list of emergency contacts and phone numbers, including the password for your phone. Remember, you may be unconscious; your phone may be locked. There will be no way for medical staffers to contact your next of kin.
  5. If you have a pacemaker or defibrillator: a copy of the pocket information card that states the brand, model number, MRI compatibility. The same goes for any medical device, like a port or pump.
  6. If you use inhalers, bring them.
  7. Extra batteries for hearing aid or other medical devices.
  8. Prescription eye drops.
  9. Bring a cell phone charger. Bring a spare if you can, and if you have extra batteries, bring those too.
  10. Inexpensive headset.
  11. Pack up a toothbrush, toothpaste, underwear in a plastic bag, and any hair items you need.

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