(COVID-19) Phishing Scams
A series of phishing scams have exploited the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to either spread malware, trick victims into giving away sensitive information, or raise funds that they falsely claim will help find a vaccine. They all attempt to exploit our curiosity and basic necessities, such as the need to buy medical or personal hygiene equipment or other goods.
Preying on the common desire to learn more about the signs and dangers, or even how to survive potential exposure to COVID-19, cybercriminals have started sending phishing emails that promise exclusive information in the form of attachments and links to protection gear at highly discounted prices. Many even ask for Bitcoin donations that they say will support research for a Coronavirus vaccine.
Most online scams occur through spam emails that entice with amazing discounts for medical supplies that have long since flown off the shelves of pharmacies and stores.
No, it’s not the infamous Doctor Who from the popular TV series, but someone claiming to be a doctor working for the World Health Organization (WHO). It’s one of the most popular email scams and it claims to have new and exclusive information on how to prevent and protect against Coronavirus infection. All you have to do is open the attached document to read more.
Preying on our concerns, fraudsters are impersonating institutions affiliated with or linked to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Their tactics include deploying malicious links or attachments claiming to give you a list of infected people in your area.
As always, do not click on links or download attachments from unknown senders – just delete the email. When in doubt, call the sender to verify the authenticity of the email or contact the IT department.