We are, as this article is being written, in the middle of a global pandemic, which so far, has claimed over a million lives, and has left many unemployed and uncertain about their future. It is fair to say, we are experiencing the worst public health crisis for nearly a century. Vaccines are slowly being released, with the United Kingdom being the first to begin public trials. We have all had to adapt to the changes introduced by our governments to keep us safe, and the FBI is not exempt from these changes.
In this article, we will explain how the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is dealing with crime during the pandemic, and how they will continue to deal with a crime for the time it stays with us. The FBI is on the frontline and is responsible for saving the lives of millions of Americans. We are indebted to them and must show our gratitude by supporting them when we can.
We hope that, by the end of this page, you will fully understand how the FBI deals with crime during the pandemic, and how other law enforcement agencies are dealing with crime.
An Introduction to the FBI
The FBI, like the CIA, is often shrouded in mystery, with many members of the public completely unaware of what their purpose is, or what purpose they serve. The FBI is an intelligence agency that deals with threats to the national security of the United States of America. It is an investigative body and one of the most important in the U.S. intelligence community – the FBI has the authority to investigate crimes assigned to it and must cooperate with other law enforcement agencies.
The FBI is a fundamental part of how the United States deals with threats to it. The FBI deals with threats such as terrorism, murder, and organized crime; they are an invaluable asset and one that has played a fundamental role in the history of the United States, helping to shape it to what it is today. It is one of the most world-renowned law enforcement agencies, known in every corner of the globe. The FBI also has the power to issue an FBI subpoena, which summons a witness in a trial to the court. These subpoenas, if ignored, can see a person get into significant trouble with the FBI. In recent months, these subpoenas have become very common in response to crimes related to COVID-19.
How Has the FBI Adapted to COVID-19?
The FBI, like other law enforcement agencies, has had to adapt to COVID-19, and to change the way that its employees have carried out their daily duties. Some of these are that the FBI no longer accepts walk-in complaints, wherein a person walks into the headquarters to report a crime (which is uncommon as it is), and rather, they are required to fill out a form online, or to phone in, and most non-priority calls are dealt with over the phone. However, non-priority and priority cases are still being investigated and investigations have not been suspended.
Additionally, the FBI is required to mitigate the potential risk of spreading the virus by doing the following:
- FBI agents are required to apply hand sanitizer before entering their vehicles, their office, or the homes of people they are required to speak to;
- Shift changes are required, in some places, to take place remotely;
- Items as part of uniform must be cleansed and sanitized extensively every single day;
- Face masks are to be worn during personal communication with people;
- Agents are required to wear personal protective equipment in some instances, which can consist of N95 masks, shoe covers, and plastic gloves, these are to be worn during communication with anyone with confirmed COVID-19.
Many of these mitigating features have reduced the risk of exposure of FBI agents to COVID-19, which is a benefit not only to them but to our nation.
Exploitation of COVID-19
As with everything in life, fraudsters adapt and change according to their situation. COVID-19 is no different from this, and fraudsters are, as they always do, adapting to COVID-19 and using it to manipulate, defraud, and scam people. Here are a few things the FBI are doing to reduce the risk of fraud occurring:
The Paycheque Protection Program (PPP) is something criminals have been fraudulent applying for. PPP loans are being targeted so that fraudsters can cash in on the pandemic. The FBI, however, is acting to prevent this from happening, and are acting according to complaints received from businesses who are unable to apply for PPP loans because their Employer Identification Numbers (EIN) have already been used fraudulently. The FBI is cracking down on this and targeting and identifying those fraudulently claiming these loans, issuing maximum penalties when possible, and where required.
Advance Fee and Business Email Schemes
At the moment, demand for personal-protective equipment is far higher than the supply can warrant; because of this, businesses have had to alter their standard practices in order to maintain normality and continue with their operations. Environments like these are perfect for fraudsters. Fraudsters, however, are being met fiercely by the FBI, who are targeting, identifying, and prosecuting them on a regular basis. While many industries have closed down due to the virus, the FBI has ramped up its game and stepped up to the many challenges it currently faces. It is prosecuting fraudsters to the full extent of the law and taking fraud very seriously.
With the unemployment rate at an all-time high, many people are being targeted by sophisticated fraud gangs through ‘work from home’ opportunities, which see the victim being used as a money mule. Criminals who are responsible for illegally obtaining money need a way to move and hide their money – because of this, they trick money mules into moving the money for them. The mules receive the money, then transfer them through services such as Western Union. This is another thing the FBI has been targeting.
With the help of this page, you now know how the FBI has adapted to the current pandemic, and how they are dealing with it. We are indebted to the FBI and should be eternally grateful for all of the hard work that they do. We hope this page was of benefit to you.