Criminals have swindled Americans out of a jarring $585 million through coronavirus and stimulus-related scams since early 2020, according to data collected by the Federal Trade Commission, and the number is steadily rising.
From Jan. 1, 2020, through Oct. 14, 2021, the FTC collected 624,500 reports of COVID-19 and stimulus scams that were submitted directly to the agency or partner contributors.