GEDA warns of COVID-19 business assistance scam

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The Guam Economic Development Authority (GEDA) is warning Guam residents that an email scam related to COVID-19 business assistance is circulating.

The email promotes the Guam Small Business Pandemic Assistance Grant program and falsely claims to be a representative of GEDA. According to GEDA, the email also includes an attachment of the grant application.

GEDA is warning the public not to respond to these emails or communicate with the sender.

“Do not provide any personal or business information. Additionally, avoid clicking on links included in the emails or attachments, as it may result in a virus being loaded on the recipient’s device,” GEDA advised in a statement sent to the media.

Earlier, the FBI Honolulu Division issued a warning regarding fraud cases involving the attempted theft of funds intended for Guam citizens who are unemployed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nationwide, the FBI has seen a spike in fraudulent unemployment insurance claims related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic involving the use of stolen personally identifiable information (PII).

According to the FBI, criminal actors are victimizing U.S. citizens by impersonating the victims and using the victims’ stolen identities to submit fraudulent unemployment insurance claims online.

The criminals obtain the stolen identity using a variety of techniques, including the online purchase of stolen PII, email phishing schemes, and scouring social media accounts.

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