Coronavirus phishing scams
A series of phishing scams are exploiting the ongoing pandemic to either spread malware, trick victims into giving away sensitive information, or raise funds that they falsely claim will help find a vaccine.
Preying on the common desire to learn more about the signs and dangers, or even how to survive potential exposure to COVID0-19, 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.
Someone claiming to be a doctor working for the World Health Organization (WHO) is the source of one of the most popular email scams which 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. DON’T!
Preying on our concerns, fraudsters are impersonating institutions affiliated with or linked to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). Their tactic includes deploying malicious links or attachments claiming to give you a list of infected people in your area.
Many of us having to live in isolation will be doing more on-line shopping than usual if not doing it for the first time, so we all need to take extra care. In particular, do not click on any links in unsolicited emails, especially if they are offering items that are in short supply.