Why is this pandemic a ripe opportunity for scammers and criminals?A: It has been widely publicized in the news lately to watch out for and increase in scams. Criminals are very opportunistic. They see a vulnerable population and prey upon them. Scared people are looking for help. People are trying to protect themselves.
People looking for medical attention and medical equipment may fall for a scam that falsely promises to deliver something that to meets a victim's needs. They also may be unemployed and looking for work. There may be an extra level of desperation right now that may cause someone to make an emotional decision that they otherwise would not make.
You can learn more about scams to watch out for at https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/protect-yourself-from-covid-19-scams-040620