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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.

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