New Coronavirus-Related Scams
Scammers take advantage of high emotions and events such as the coronavirus pandemic to steal sensitive personal and financial information from unsuspecting users. New coronavirus-themed phishing attacks and scams are appearing as fraudsters capitalize on people’s fears surrounding the outbreak. Below are some of the most recent coronavirus-related scams and attacks that you should be aware of. You can protect yourself by keeping an eye out for these and other potential scams.
Scammers take advantage of the good intentions of victims, tricking them into making donations to fake charities. With so many people in need, there is a high opportunity for thieves to attempt to get ahold of your cash. You can protect yourself by watching for warning signs and being wary of persons claiming to be representatives of a charity. Always verify all charities on the IRS tax exemption website before making a donation.
Social Media Scams
It is easy for scammers to imitate authorities and share fraudulent information on social media. Beware of ads and offers for home test kits and vaccinations. Scammers are selling products to test for, treat, or prevent COVID-19 without proof that they work. Always visit trusted profiles such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or World Health Organization (WHO) for the latest information.
Be on the lookout for emails impersonating the CDC, WHO, and other reputable sources. Don't open unexpected emails and never click on links from sources you don't know. Scammers sending these emails could be attempting to plant viruses on your computer or steal your personal information.
Many people are now working from home on a daily basis, giving scammers a new opportunity to steal your company's data. Remember to stay vigilant at home and continue to uphold your company's cybersecurity practices from your home office.