Be aware. Hackers are preying on your fear and sending all sorts of scams in the form of emails, apps, and other digital communication related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Below are some examples of the types of scams you should be on the lookout for:
- Emails that appear to be from organizations such as the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), or the WHO (World Health Organization). The scammers have crafted emails that appear to come from these sources, but they actually contain malicious phishing links or dangerous attachments.
- Emails that ask for charity donations for studies, doctors, or victims that have been affected by the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
- Emails that claim to have a “new” or “updated” list of cases of Coronavirus in your area. These emails could contain dangerous links and information designed to scare you into clicking on the link.
- Don’t install COVID-19 tracking apps on your phone without checking to see if they are legitimate. There are ransomware programs posing as tracking apps that will lock your phone.
Remain cautious! And always remember the following to protect yourself from scams like this:
- Never click on links or download attachments from an email that you weren’t expecting.
- Never click on links in emails claiming to be from banks or other financial institutions.
- Do not reveal personal or financial information in emails, and do not respond to email solicitations for this information.
- Never install apps from an unknown source on your computer or cell phone. Only use official apps from Google Play or Apple.
- If you receive a suspicious email, report it to your supervisor or IT person.
- 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.
- Review the Federal Trade Commission’s blog post on coronavirus scams for information on avoiding COVID-19 related scams.
- Use trusted sources—such as legitimate, government websites—for up-to-date, fact-based information about COVID-19.
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