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The federal government has begun unleashing $2 trillion in economic stimulus in response to COVID-19. We can all hope that this money will be used to help bring this monumental crisis to a close. But history tell us that when the government coffers open, fraud, waste, and abuse quickly follow.

The government will, of course, be on watch for potential fraud. In fact, the Department of Justice just announced its first enforcement action, ordering a halt to a website offering a free Coronavirus vaccine; gullible consumers need only pay $4.95 for shipping and handling. While this scheme may sound like an old TV infomercial, there are a lot of scared, desperate people susceptible to this kind of scam. There will be hundreds or thousands more like it.

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