Online Scams Are Increasing During The COVID-19 Pandemic

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — With most people indoors and the economy on pause, there has been an increase in online scams.

Paula Fleming works with the Better Business Bureau as Chief Marketing and Sales Officer. She says people are being preyed on financially especially right now.

"We're seeing an uptick in social media scams specifically," Fleming said.

They often look harmless, posed as security questions to enter something else online.

"A fun quiz on Facebook, or other social media platform you may have seen yourself," Fleming said. "You figure, what's the harm? You want to feel engaged."

The questions are also common security questions for accessing bank information.

"Your mother's maiden name, what's the name of the street you grew up on," Fleming said.

This comes as many are starting to see government stimulus checks drop into their bank accounts.

WBZ NewsRadio's Chris Fama (@CFamaWBZ) reports

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