CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan says New Hampshire residents have lost more than $950,000 to pandemic-related fraud, identity theft and other scams, and she’s pushing federal officials to do more to stop it.
Hassan, a Democrat, wrote to Federal Trade Commission, on Wednesday asking how it plans to use $30.4 million in pandemic relief funding to combat scammers she called “a danger to the health and financial security of Americans.”
As of Monday, the commission had received more than 425,000 reports of such scams, Hassan said, including 1,461 from New Hampshire.
The scams include offering quick access to stimulus payments and phony treatments to prevent or cure COVID-19.
In other coronavirus developments:
A nonprofit that hosts family camps and programs at the Isles of Shoals plans to reopen this summer after closing last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Star Island Corporation is resuming programming at the 46-acre island. Star Island welcomes more than 18,000 conference guests, student groups, and visitors each year.
“The health and safety of everyone who comes to Star Island is our top priority," CEO Joe Watts said in a statement Wednesday. “By limiting the number of visitors and conference attendees, instituting new safety protocols, strongly encouraging vaccinations, and taking a proactive approach to reducing risks, we plan to welcome people to the Isles of Shoals once again.”
Watts said overnight guests must provide a negative COVID-19 test before arriving. They also will be required to wear a mask and practice social distancing.
More than 86,000 people have tested positive for the virus in New Hampshire, including 402 cases announced Tuesday. No new deaths were announced, keeping the total at 1,249.
The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in New Hampshire has risen over the past two weeks from 295 new cases per day on March 22 to 401 new cases per day on Monday.