As with any major event, hackers will seize the opportunity to steal your data using email phishing attacks. This time, it’s under the pretense of coronavirus. The Secret Service, and World Health Organization have recently issued warnings and you may encounter phishing emails under the guise of coronavirus.
Here are a few examples of current phishing email scams related to coronavirus:
- Check updated Coronavirus map in your city
- Coronavirus Infection warning from local school district
- CDC or World Health Organization emails
- Coronavirus messages in social media
- Keeping your children safe from Coronavirus
- Donate funds for victims (This scam is also being executed by phone)
Here are some tips from the Federal Trade Commision on how you can avoid coronavirus scams:
- Don’t click on links from sources you don’t know. They could download viruses onto your computer or device.
- Watch for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or experts saying that have information about the virus. For the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
- Ignore online offers for vaccinations. There currently are no vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, lozenges or other prescription or over-the-counter products available to treat or cure Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) — online or in stores.
- Do your homework when it comes to donations, whether through charities or crowdfunding sites. Don’t let anyone rush you into making a donation. If someone wants donations in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money, don’t do it.