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The FBI on Wednesday warned that the public health and economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic are providing criminals with illicit opportunities at “breathtaking” speed.

The agency said a wave of criminals has emerged in recent months as U.S. officials scramble to coordinate relief efforts.

Although “swindles, scams, and outright thefts” are a regular feature of major disasters, the novel coronavirus has provided “criminal opportunities on a scale likely to dwarf anything seen before,” the FBI said in a statement, adding: “The speed at which criminals are devising and executing their schemes is truly breathtaking.”

According to the report, criminals are:

  • impersonating doctors demanding payment for treatments
  • using websites and mobile apps to implant malware
  • using malware to steal financial and personal information
  • used COVID-19 as a lure to deploy ransomware for payments

Criminals are also expected to “devise schemes to siphon funds from the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, passed by Congress last month,” Fox News reports.

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