Beware Coronavirus e-mail scams

Hackers are taking advantage of the outbreak with a new coronavirus email scam.

What does this mean to you:
The harmful links in these scams redirect to web pages that steal your information instead of providing you with important updates. 

While the number of COVID-19 cases continues to climb and the death toll rises, scammers are using fake emails that contain harmful links to snare their victims by playing off their concerns. These emails claim to have information on coronavirus updates, an interactive link where you can look up the numbers of cases near you and more. The links, however, redirect to web pages that steal your information instead of providing you with important updates.

Sadly, this coronavirus email scam is a classic tactic on the part of scammers. In order to avoid the coronavirus email scam and the threat in general, you must develop good cybersecurity behaviors and habits, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center.

What you need to do:
Don’t forward emails that claim to have the “latest” headline news, as they are often hoaxes. Always go directly to trusted sources like the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Also:

  • Never click a link, open an attachment or download a file that you were not specifically expecting. Instead, contact the sender to verify its authenticity. If the sender is not someone you regularly interact with, ignore the email altogether. Even if it is someone known to you, still verify the link in case their email was hacked.
  • Do not share or forward emails or messages that claim to have the “latest” headline news. They are often alarmist to the point of being hoaxes or contain outdated details. In the case of the coronavirus email scam, they contain dangerous links.

It is important to stay up-to-date on major events. Coronavirus and the flu, for example, are two medical issues that are rampant and very problematic, even more so for certain demographics of people. In order to stay on top of the news, go directly to trusted sources—such as the CDC or World Health Organization—for updates and information.

  • Identity Theft Resource Center