FTC Warns of COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Scammers Masquerading as FEMA Agents


Unscrupulous people are invading a lives of families who mislaid a desired one to COVID-19. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) expelled an proclamation on Apr 13, 2021, that warns scammers are masquerading as Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) employees and charity to assistance compensate wake expenses.

A genuine supervision service module will compensate adult to $9,000 for burial-related expenses. The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and a COVID-19American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 allocated these supports to repay losses paid given Jan 20, 2020. Survivors can ask by job FEMA during a toll-free series posted below; multi-lingual services are available.

The module is accessible to American citizens, nationals of a U.s. territories, non-citizens with authorised status, regardless of their income level. Applicants contingency uncover benefaction papers such as profits for losses and a genocide certificate that indicates a expected means of genocide was COVID-19 and that a genocide occurred in a United States or a territories.

The FTC states a module began on Apr 12, though they had reports of scammers contacting people and “offering” to support them in induction for a assistance.

FAQ People Need to Know to Stay Clear of Scammers

  • FEMA will not hit someone until they have called a group or have filed an focus for assistance. Anyone who triggers hit and claims to be a sovereign worker or from FEMA is a scammer.
  • The supervision will not ask a chairman to compensate anything to accept financial assistance. Anyone who does is committing a fake act of phishing for personal information to use in sinful ways like hacking or temperament theft.
  • Government agencies will never call, text, email, or make hit by amicable media. They will never ask for a person’s amicable confidence number, bank comment information, or credit label number. Anyone who does is a scammer.
  • Do not give anyone personal or financial information about oneself or a defunct desired one. Anyone reaching out to trigger hit is not employed by a U.S. government.

FEMA’s Funeral Assistance FAQs yield field with what is indispensable to ask financial help. Also found in a FAQs territory is what to do if a genocide certificate did not prove COVID-19 was a expected means of death, something that happened early in a pandemic.

If there is doubt about a caller’s temperament or revelation a truth, a FTC tells people to hang adult and news it to a FEMA Helpline during 800-621-3362 or a National Center Fraud Hotline during 866-720-5721. They would also like a news to be filed during ReportFraud.ftc.gov.

Written by Cathy Milne-Ware


FTC: Scammers aim desired ones of COVID-19 victims; by Seena Gressin; Attorney, Division of Consumer Business, FTC.
FEMA: Funeral Assistance FAQ
FEMA: Toll-free series to record wake losses payment 844-684-6333

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