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4th August 2021

Cases of fraud in the pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought various non health-related side effects: a series of national lockdowns, companies going out of business, employees losing their jobs. This has sparked the current high rate of fraud and online scams, as criminals take advantage of an environment of uncertainty and fear, finessing their systems and tricking individuals through various pandemic-related schemes.

Cases of fraud reached a concerning high during the Covid-19 pandemic. Various types of fraud have been committed by false phone calls, email, text message or in-person visits. Healthcare fraud, in particular, has risen in light of the development of coronavirus vaccines, as individuals have attempted selling a false vaccine by impersonating NHS officials and going in-person to administrate it. Not only is this fraudulent but potentially endangers people’s health also, alongside the selling of...
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