4 Ways to Avoid Online Coronavirus Scams and Fraud
Cybercriminals continue to seize on coronavirus fears by using online scams to extract internet users’ personal and financial information.
These scams are sent through email, texts, or social media, and they claim to provide coronavirus awareness by offering virus prevention products and/or they may ask for donations to a charity.
They often appear legitimate, so vigilance is needed.
The National Cyber Security Alliance offers these tips to avoid being a victim of online coronavirus scams:
- 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 an 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 (.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 the information provided on an account statement, not the information provided in an email. Check out the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) to learn about known phishing attacks and/or to report phishing.
- Keep a clean machine. Keep all software on internet-connected devices (including PCs, smartphones, and tablets) up-to-date to reduce the risk of infection from malware.
For more information and tips on how to stay safe online, visit NCSA at: www.staysafeonline.org.