A new coronavirus scam targets people who have violated ‘quarantine’


On 8 September, the daily Coronavirus case counted to 28,550, executive editor of The ledge Got a strange email. “TC SOTECH: We would like to inform you that you have been recorded as leaving your home on 3 occasions tomorrow. A penalty of $ 59 has been added to your gov.us account. ”

The fine was increased from $ 35 on September 1, when a transport reporter Andrew J. Hawkins received the same email. Both were asked to visit www.gov.us/coronavirus/penalty-payment/tracking for more information.

Not unexpectedly, this US government was suddenly taking a more active role in the epidemic. It was a scandal, one not specifically associated with the Trump administration’s hands-on approach to solving the coronovirus crisis. While the links seemed legitimate, the gov.us URL was the display text only. Once clicked, the link took people to su.onamoc.comano.us, a non-government domain, then redirected to a scammy website.

The wrong display was on full display when Sottek posted the screenshot in a The ledge Conversations and responses from my colleagues, roughly “I’ll pay $ 59 to leave my house three times a day” and “I hope [www.gov.us/coronavirus/penalty-payment/tracking] There was actually a page. “

do not we all! At this point of the pandemic, I welcome some hard daddy energy from the federal government that forces people to stay indoors if they had coronavirus. Instead, we have a less-than-half-mixed approach where small businesses close forever and welcome students back to the university campus and send them home a few weeks later. Because they were throwing parties. Because they are college students.

Back in March, there was another viral myth going on about the issuance of a national lockout by the Trump administration. “Please be advised,” it began. “Within 48 to 72 hours the President shall remove what is called the Stafford Act. Whatever you guys need to make sure you have two weeks of supplies. Please proceed to your network. “

The goal seemed to sow panic and fear, and possibly to encourage people to toilet paper before entering toilet paper. In fact, the Trump administration enforced lockdown enforcement on states, which allowed them to blame Democratic governors for the economic free fall.

But anyway, back to the scam. The quarantine crack takes a couple iterations. One that was sent The ledge Policy editor Russell Brandom says it is from a COVID lab. “Your recent COVID-19 test results are ready,” it reads. “To access your results, please login to the account you created during registration. You must use the username and password created for your personal account at www.nameverge.com/covid19test. “This link also redirects to a scary site that has nothing to do with The ledge.

The coronovirus epidemic is a gift for scammers, capitalized to capitalize on people’s confusion and scare them to hand over money. Everyone wants to know about the virus – where it started, how it spreads, when a vaccine can arrive – but very few of them have answers to the questions. Information is zero where scams thrive.

It is ironic that it is not cheap for these plans that Brandum did not take the COVID-19 trial recently or that Sottek did not actually have the virus. It is at this point in the epidemic, it is clear that the administration is not invested in protecting people from disease. In fact, Trump is now focusing on reopening schools and excluding Democratic governors who continue to enforce asylum-place orders. The chairman, given that nothing continues to be gained by continuing to talk about coronoviruses, seems to have progressed substantially. Scammers, never persistent, no.

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