Watch out for fraudulent COVID-19 Shipping and Insurance Fees
June 16, 2020
The FBI last week released an alert that highlights various incidents involving individuals or companies referencing fake "newly enacted" COVID-19 shipping laws, regulations or insurance requirements to charge additional fees before delivering a product.
The FBI recommends the following practices to avoid becoming a victim of a scam or fraudulent activity:
Never give out personal or financial information to a person or company you do not know and trust;
Always verify the information of manufacturers, shipping companies and service providers before making payments;
Be wary of unsolicited messages claiming that a delivery is being held until payment is received, especially if you or your business have not placed any orders or expect to receive any deliveries; and
Research and verify that any laws or shipping requirements related to COVID-19 are legitimate before sending payment.