Beware of COVID-19 Scams

Beware of any email offering products that claim to cure or treat the disease. There are no proven products currently exist that cure or prevent the disease at this time, according to the FDA. Read the entire article here.

Phishing tactics associated with major events

Cybercriminals feed on human emotions. They will use any event that is likely a topic of conversation around the water cooler. The outbreak of the coronavirus and COVID-19 disease has everyone’s attention and you can be sure the crooks will exploit it.

Be on the look-out for all of the following:

  • Emails with subject lines related in any way to Coronavirus or COVID-19
  • Emails containing links to things like:
    • Products that claim to prevent or cure the disease (remember, these don’t exist yet)
    • Breaking news stories about the outbreak or related topics (stock market, sports cancellations, celebrities infected, etc.)
    • Video footage of impacted areas
    • Statements from politicians or other public figures
    • Anything related to the coronavirus or COVID-19
  • Emails containing attachments claiming to contain information related to any of the above

I suggest deleting any email or text you receive containing any of the above. Never click a link or open an attachment until you have confirmed that it actually came from a trusted sender. Do not rely on email to confirm with the sender because the email could be controlled by the attacker. Pick up the phone and call to confirm if you’re not sure.

Please share this information with friends, family and co-workers to help defend against these COVID-19 scams. Visit our page on security to learn more about how we help businesses secure and protect against cybercrime.

Dave HansenBeware of COVID-19 Scams

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