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BALTIMORE, MD—The FBI’s Baltimore Field Office is warning potential victims of an increase in silver donkey plans.

A money mule is a person who transfers money illegally between different payment accounts – often in different countries – on behalf of others. This year, the FBI’s Criminal Investigation Division (CID) believes the public is more inclined to fall for donkey schemes because of increased recruitment opportunities due to the surge in unemployment caused by the COVID-19 pandemic .

Between 2015 and 2019 reports of fraud to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) have more than tripled, going from $ 1.1 billion to $ 3.5 billion. Much of this reported fraud has been enabled by silver mules. Although it was the 19th most populous state, last year Maryland was fifth in the country for the number of donkeys – behind only California, Texas, Florida and New York.