News about coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve. Cybercriminals are trying to take advantage of the fears associated with it by sending phishing emails designed to infect computers, collect personal information, and steal money. We’ll remind you to remain vigilant around recognizing and reporting phishing emails tied to coronavirus.
Below are a few tips to help you avoid potential threats and remind you what you should do if you should become a victim of phishing:
- Always read emails carefully and do not click on links purporting to be from the World Health Organization, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or others claiming to be experts or to have information about the virus.
- Ignore offers for vaccinations, ads claiming to prevent, detect, or cure the coronavirus, and requests for online donations to crowdfunding sites or charities.
- Beware of emails that entice you to click links to fake alerts that warn you about breakouts in your local area.
- Remain alert to phishing attempts sent via other channels such as SMS text, iMessage, WhatsApp, and others. Scammers are even making fake posts on social media to get your personal information.
- Never provide personal to anyone without verifying that the request is legitimate. Watch for spelling or grammar mistakes, which can sometimes signal illegitimacy.
- Remember to always assess sender details, hover over links to see where they lead.