Fraud and scams increasing during pandemic

    Juneau, Alaska (ABC) - U.S. law enforcement officials said fraudulent activity in connection with the pandemic has increased dramatically.

    Immigration and Custom Enforcement agents arrested 11 people on various charges including peddling so-called cures or promising money to people who have fallen into financial hardships.

    Acting Director of ICE Matthew Albence said they've just scratched the surface on the amount of fraud, " We have more than 500 leads and have sent out agents into the field."

    The scams and fraud involve masks, gowns, hand sanitizers, pharmaceuticals, test kits and cures.

    "They are ruthless organizations that exploit people's fears.  Whether they are fears with regard to the health and well-being of their family, or fears from the economic impact of this pandemic and their ability to keep their family fed, housed and clothed.



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