Financial Tip of the Week

Financial Tip of the Week

Scammers target loved ones of COVID-19 victims

Government imposters may have hit a new low with a scheme that targets the grieving survivors of people who died of COVID-19 by offering them help paying for their loved one’s funeral expenses.

A real government relief program will pay up to $9,000 for funeral expenses that people have paid since January 20, 2020 for loved ones who died of COVID-19. Survivors can apply for benefits by contacting the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at 844-684-6333 or visit: fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus. The number is toll-free and multi-lingual services are available.

The program began last month, but even before it started, FEMA said it had reports of scammers contacting people and “offering” to register them for assistance.  Read more


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