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Friday, March 5th, 2021

ICE launches web page to help combat COVID-19 fraud

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) launched a new web page with information on COVID-19 related fraud schemes.

The web site — called Operation Stolen Promise — will also highlight the investigative efforts the agency is taking to counter threats posed by individuals and criminal organizations looking to exploit the pandemic for financial gain. The web site — ICE.gov/StolenPromise – went live on April 27.

“Individuals and organizations operating around the globe are actively seeking to exploit the COVID-19 pandemic for illicit financial gain,” HSI Acting Executive Associate Director Alysa Erichs said. “These criminal schemes compromise legitimate trade and financial systems and endanger the American public. Together with our partners, Operation Stolen Promise seeks to provide the public with information and tips to help them avoid becoming victims of COVID-19 crime.”

The Operation Stolen Promise page outlines HSI’s strategy to combat COVID-19-related fraud and highlights investigative milestones and successes. The site also gives a glimpse into the critical work being performed by HSI special agents and partners around the world.

Further, the site relays critical information to the public related to COVID-19 fraud and criminal activity and provides facts, tips, and red flags to help the public recognize potential fraud.