A federal prosecutor tells ABC’s Pierre Thomas the scams are “despicable.”April 24, 2020, 12:06 PM5 min read With some 26 million Americans now thrown out of work amid the pandemic, people are desperate to pay the bills and scammers know that. Law enforcement is cracking down on scams, warning of thieves promising jobs and the safety of working from home. “The fact that we have this dark underbelly that is going to profit off of the fear that this virus has brought into our daily lives is … despicable. It’s really terrifying to think about,” Craig Carpenito, the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, told ABC News Chief Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas. Tune into ABC at 1 p.m. ET and ABC News Live at 4 p.m. ET every weekday for special coverage of the novel coronavirus with the full ABC News team, including the latest news, context and analysis. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), consumers have filed more than 24,000 complaints since January, with losses totaling more than $19 million. One call, according to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), described an opportunity to “make up to $400 in a day.” “Hello, this is a courtesy invitation to work with

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