Bad actors continue to prey upon your COVID-19 concerns by pushing out various phishing scams via email and social media. Their goal is to convince you to click on links and attachments in order to infect your device or get you to compromise your personal information. Now more than ever it is important to be careful where you click.
- NASCIO Voices: Responding to COVID-19 with Washington CIO Jim Weaver - March 25, 2020
Cyber Hygiene Tips
Follow these cyber hygiene tips always, but in particular with any COVID-19 related materials
- Don’t reveal personal or financial information in an email, and do not respond to email solicitations for this information. This includes following links sent in email.
- Pay attention to the website’s URL. Malicious websites may look identical to a legitimate site, but the URL may use a variation in spelling or a different domain (e.g., .com versus .net).
- If you are unsure whether an email request is legitimate, try to verify it by contacting the company directly. Contact the company using information provided on an account statement, not information provided in an email.
- Keep a clean machine. Keep all software on internet-connected devices – including PCs, smartphones and tablets – up to date to reduce risk of infection from malware.
CoronaVirus Scams and Schemes
- Avoid COVID-19 Scams
- BBB Scam Alert: Want a COVID-19 test? There’s a scam for that
- Business ID Theft Soars Amid COVID Closures
- COVID-19 “Vaccines” For Sale on Social Media Platforms
- Cybercrime ramps up amid coronavirus chaos, costing companies billions
- FBI Issues Warning For Covid-19 Phishing Schemes
- FBI Warns of Teleconferencing and Online Classroom Hijacking During COVID-19 Pandemic
- Government Impostor Scams: Reports decrease, scammers pivot for new opportunities, BBB study reveals
- Hackers use fake contact tracing apps in attempt to install banking malware on Android phones
- Malicious Cyber Actor Spoofing COVID-19 Loan Relief Webpage via Phishing Emails
- Threat Actors Capitalize on Global Concern About Corona Virus in New Phishing Campaigns