Have  fraudulent Internet schemes associated with the epidemiological crisis increased?

Numerous fraudulent schemes related to the epidemiological crisis, mainly resulting from the exploitation of people's increased vulnerability to health issues and the need to resort to online platforms during confinement or quarantine,have already been detected. The verification of these facts even justified Interpol's publication of  several documents warning on the occurrence of this type of situation.

In general, the perpetrators of the fraudulent schemes pose as health care companies providing devices and drugs used to prevent and fight COVID-19 or as health authorities asking victims to provide personal credentials to sign up for sites containing malware so that they can contribute/help others in serious humanitarian situations. 
According to the information contained in its notice, Interpol is working with the national authorities to prevent and combat these schemes.

 

What can I do to prevent fraudulent payments?

Pay special attention to suspicious situations and signs, examples of which can be found on Interpol's website at: 

 

What can I do to recover fraudulent payments?

File a complaint with the specialized national authorities as soon as possible so that procedures can be initiated either to avoid damage (particularly where bank payments are involved) or to establish the identity of those responsible.

 

 

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This information is being updated on a regular basis.

All information contained herein and all opinions expressed are of a general nature and are not intended to substitute recourse to expert legal advice for the resolution of real cases.