As the COVID-19 pandemic hit more than half of the population, it was quite hard and a tough time. A number of businesses collapsed and people lost their jobs. The individuals were extremely struck, even with the necessities of life.
Therefore, for the assistance of people in this pandemic, the government had strategies and different operations. So that the individuals can survive and get something out of the provided loans. It was a massive opportunity for the underprivileged citizens of the country.
Simultaneously, for some individuals, it was just another opportunity to earn black money. Cybercriminals saw the pandemic as another way to attain profit via unfair means. The major criminal activities involved during COVID-19 include:
- Counterfeited COVID-19 treatments
- False selling of coronavirus plasmas
- Illegal shipments of masks and other protective gears from city to city
- Selling fake vaccines
- Providing false proof documents of COVID-19 vaccines
Everywhere in the world, people were and are still being warned by government officials, healthcare workers, and World Health Organization (WHO), regarding all these latest coronavirus swindles. Still, numerous innocent people fell victim to these scammers.
Some of the anonymous people who were found guilty of these crimes were charged with PPE fraud, which mainly includes the entrepreneur securing huge debts, company founders applying for financial help while going for no investment, and pays for employees. Furthermore, an array of criminals associated with notorious gangs taking huge loans. As a result, disguising the names of companies.
Through all these methods, these individuals’ main goal is to obtain 596 million USD illegally from the US government. As investigations conducted, a diversity of frauds were disclosed, which attacked the assistant programs such as:
- Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
- Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program
- Unemployment Insurance (UI) Scheme
Through all these programs, scammers continually exploited society by creating a darker side of this deadly virus. However, Attorney General Merrick Garland said:
“We are committed to protecting the American people and the integrity of the critical lifelines provided for them by Congress, and we will continue to respond to this challenge.”