Authorities continue to warn of scams during COVID-19 pandemic

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Law enforcement agencies in Minnesota are warning that scammers may try to use social media "quarantine games" to gain access to your accounts.

The Dodge County Sheriff's Office posted a warning about question-and-answer games people are playing on Facebook, such as "40 Facts About Me" and "Your Quarantine Name."

People post answers to questions like high school mascot, favorite color, street they grew up on or their first pet's name. The problem is, those are often the same questions used as security questions for bank accounts.

It comes as coronavirus-related scams are on the rise. The Federal Trade Commission said they have received more than 27,000 reports nationwide, including fake COVID-19 cures, robocalls and phishing emails.

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The U.S. Attorney's Office for Minnesota said it is important to remain vigilant. They are particularly concerned about the elderly.

"They're going to be more isolated than usual and more vulnerable than usual," said Minnesota U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald. "We have got to talk to them about those scam calls that come in."

That may include grocery schemes, where scammers offer to shop for those who are in quarantine and then run off with the money.
There are so many schemes during this pandemic, the FTC is inviting people to play Scam Bingo as a way to raise awareness and help everyone spot the scams.