January 27th, 2021 Virtual Meeting


Cyber Security and COVID-19 Fraud Schemes


Andrew Sekela
Private Sector Coordinator, FBI Tampa Office


January 27th, 2021

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The pandemic has created a sort of perfect storm for fraudsters.  The large number of people working from home, many of whom have never worked from home before and may be unfamiliar with cybersecurity defenses, has resulted in a host of new vulnerabilities, vulnerabilities which bad actors have been quick to exploit.  This presentation highlights a number of bulletins published by the FBI since the start of the pandemic.  The bulletins cover a range of topics, including cybersecurity tactics and techniques as well as traditional fraud schemes.  The presentation describes each vulnerability, provides warning signs/red flags to
help identify the threat, and gives best practices on how to protect yourself against that vulnerability.

Special Agent Sekela graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and served on the USS Batfish, a nuclear-powered attack submarine.  Special Agent Sekela completed a five-year tour with the Navy and then worked in the private sector for seven years.  After joining the FBI, Special Agent Sekela spent five years at the Washington Field Office (working public corruption and government fraud investigations) and three years assigned to the International Corruption Unit at FBIHQ. Special Agent Sekela is currently assigned to FBI Tampa.  For seven years, he supervised a squad of Special Agents, Forensic Accountants, and Intelligence Analysts responsible for investigating white-collar crime.  He is currently assigned as the Private SectorCoordinator.  In this role, he is responsible for liaison between the FBI and all non-government entities (including companies, financial institutions, and colleges/universities) in the 18 counties
which make up the territory of the FBI Tampa Division.


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In addition to Facebook, Twitter & a new COVID-19 web platform, the City of Tampa is reaching its audiences via:

  • New influencer marketing campaign, #HappyAtHomeTPA, on Instagram Stories, collaborating with Tampa Bay’s top creators to share activities while social distancing. To participate, simply tag #HappyAtHomeTPA and @cityoftampa in an Instagram Story. 
  • //www.tiktok.com/@cityoftampa?u_code=dab41d0ig511f3&preview_pb=0&;language=en&timestamp=1580583970&utm_campaign=client_share&app=musically&utm_medium=ios&user_id=6782268384840696837&tt_from=copy&utm_source=copy&source=h5_m">TikTok videos, featuring Mayor Jane Castor, Tampa Police Department & Tampa Fire Rescue
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