Mind over Mayhem

When a crisis arises, the increase in volume and speed of activity can cause many to act with less care and caution. This trend of rapid action opens a window of opportunity for scammers and fraudsters. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic that window has opened again. Many law enforcement organizations, industry groups and others are publishing information about the frauds and scams.

To help you access these resources, AML RightSource is curating a list of articles and other resources; many of the fact patterns are similar those we have seen during prior crises. These typologies are useful for internal training reminders and for customer safety reminders.

We will continue to update the list throughout the crisis.


Feather icon web goldHow to prevent credit card fraud amid coronavirus pandemic

A guide to help those who may be experiencing financial hardships and those wanting to safeguard their finances avoid credit card fraud. This guide will help explain how to protect yourself while making online purchases and outline how to recover if you fall victim to fraud.

Feather icon web goldFinCEN Issues Spanish Language Version of Its Advisory on Medical Scams Related to COVID-19

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has made available a Spanish language version of its Advisory on Medical Scams Related to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), which was published on May 18, 2020.

Translated versions of other FinCEN COVID-19 advisories will follow.

Read the translated advisory here.

Feather icon web goldCOVID-19 Fraud Schemes

While fraud schemes are a constant in the industry, the COVID-19 pandemic is a reminder to be vigilant in the fight against financial crime.


Feather icon web goldFBI Sees Rise in Fraud Schemes Related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

Scammers are leveraging the COVID-19 pandemic to steal your money, your personal information, or both. Don’t let them. Protect yourself and do your research before clicking on links purporting to provide information on the virus


Feather icon web goldFinCEN Notice to Financial Institutions Regarding COVID-19

FinCEN requests financial institutions affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to contact FinCEN and their functional regulator as soon as practicable if a COVID-19-affected financial institution has concern about any potential delays in its ability to file required Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) reports.


Feather icon web goldINTERPOL warns of financial fraud linked to COVID-19

INTERPOL is encouraging the public to exercise caution when buying medical supplies online during the current health crisis, with criminals capitalizing on the situation to run a range of financial scams.


Feather icon web goldCOVID-19 Fraud Resource Page - US Department of Justice

The Department of Justice is remaining vigilant in detecting, investigating, and prosecuting wrongdoing related to the crisis. In a memo to U.S. Attorneys, Attorney General Barr said, "The pandemic is dangerous enough without wrongdoers seeking to profit from public panic and this sort of conduct cannot be tolerated."


Feather icon web goldCoronavirus Scams: What the FTC is doing

The FTC and FDA have jointly issued warning letters to seven sellers of unapproved and misbranded products, claiming they can treat or prevent the Coronavirus.


Feather icon web goldFBI Warns Health Care Professionals of Increased Potential for Fraudulent Sales of COVID-19-Related Medical Equipment

The FBI is warning the health care industry in particular of an increased potential for fraudulent activity dealing with the purchase of COVID-19-related medical equipment.


Feather icon web goldThe Financial Crimes Enforcement Network Provides Further Information to Financial Institutions in Response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic

This notice updates the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network’s (FinCEN’s) March 16, 2020 COVID-19 Notice,[1] provides additional information to assist financial institutions in complying with their Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) obligations during the COVID-19 pandemic, and announces a direct contact mechanism for urgent COVID-19-related issues.


Feather icon web goldCOVID-19 cyber scams in Canada

Criminals continue to try to sucker people worried about the Covid-19 pandemic into making mistakes that infect their computer. According to security vendor Proofpoint, one of the latest is an email that pretends to be from the Public Health Agency of Canada.


Feather icon web goldCanadian Anti-Fraud Centre list of potential COVID-19 scams

As COVID-19 continues to spread globally, watch out for associated scams. Fraudsters want to profit from consumers' fears, uncertainties and misinformation. Fraudsters are exploiting the crisis to facilitate fraud and cyber crime.


Feather icon web goldCOVID-19 Alert: Insurance Scams Appearing, May Spread

Fake coronavirus health coverage and other insurance schemes are beginning to surface as scammers continue exploiting the pandemic for personal profit at consumer expense, warns the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud.


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