Be Aware of COVID-19 Phishing Attacks
The global threat of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has everyone’s attention, and the cybercriminals are already taking advantage of it. They are preying on your fear and sending scams that use the Coronavirus as clickbait. These dangerous emails are crafted to look like they are from reliable sources. Instead, they contain malicious phishing links or infected attachments meant to spread malware and steal your personal information.
Below are examples of scams you should be on the lookout for:
- Emails that appear to be from organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control or World Health Organization.
- Emails from health officials such as doctors or national agencies asking you to download a PDF file to “learn about steps you can take to stay healthy and avoid spreading the virus”.
- Emails that ask for charity donations for studies or victims that have been affected by the Coronavirus.
- Emails that claim to have a “new” or “updated” list of Coronavirus cases in your area.
Remain cautious! And always remember the following to protect yourself from scams:
- Never click on links or download attachments from an email that you weren’t expecting.
- If you receive a suspicious email that appears to come from an official organization, report the email to their organization’s website.
- If you want to make a charity donation, go to the charity website of your choice to submit your payment. Type the charity’s web address in your browser instead of clicking on any links in emails or other messages.
Scammers are also taking this opportunity to increase the number of scam emails sent mimicking common online shopping sites, the U.S. Census Bureau, IRS and more.
STAY ALERT! Don’t be a victim.