WASHINGTON (KSMX)- Scammers continue to take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to steal money through a variety of ways.
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. Based on the current stress on the supply chain, scammers may promise equipment they do not have access to in order to capitalize on the medical community’s urgent needs.
The FBI asks the medical community to exercise due diligence and appropriate caution when dealing with any vendors with whom they have never worked and/or of which they’ve never heard, and when relying on unidentified third-party brokers in the supply chain.
The FBI advises to be on the lookout for any suspicious activity, to include:
– Unusual payment terms (e.g., supplier asking for up-front payments or proof of payment)
– Last-minute price changes
– Last-minute excuses for delay in shipment (e.g., claims that the equipment was seized at a port or stuck in customs)
– Unexplained source of bulk supply
If you think you have information about suspicious activity by a vendor, or believe you were a victim of a scam or attempted fraud involving COVID-19, please report it to the FBI online at tips.fbi.gov –