Coronavirus E-mail Scams

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Please be aware that cyber criminals are taking advantage of the opportunity to use Coronavirus as a new scam. They are crafting many Phishing e-mails related to the Coronavirus.

What do the e-mails look like?

These scams are similar to other types of phishing e-mails:

  • They try to invoke a sense of urgency
  • They ask you for donations to fight the virus, or support research
  • They pretend to provide you with breaking news or “what the media is not telling you”

For specific examples and more information please Click Here.

What to look for:

  • Look for bad grammar, misspellings and offers that are either too good to be true or may be monetizing recent news.
  • E-mails with links or attachments from external sources that you were not expecting or don’t recognize
  • Anything asking you to enter your e-mail or other login credentials to authenticate to a site or obtain a download.
  • Anything related to the Coronavirus from unknown or suspicious sources.

Remember: “When in doubt, give IT a shout”

If you have any questions regarding a message, or you click on a malicious link or attachment, please contact your company’s IT Service Desk.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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