Fraudsters love to take advantage of fear, and there are currently plenty of them with the COVID-19 threat. The latest round of fake emails is playing out pandemic fears and promoting false information.
Federal agencies, including the Cyber Security and Infrastructure Security Agency, the Federal Trade Commission, and the FBI, are encouraging individuals to continue to be aware of fraud related to COVID-19.
TIPS TO PROTECT YOU FROM FRAUD
- Hang up on robocalls. Don’t press numbers. Use scammers illegal robocalls from incorrect corona virus treatments to work-at-home programs. The record might say that you can speak to or remove a live operator from a call operator by pressing a number, but it could result in more robocalls instead.
- Avoid clicking links in unsolicited emails and watch out for email attachments. See the CISA materials Be careful with email attachments and Avoid social engineering and phishing scams for more informations.
- Be careful with fraudulent websites and news sources. Counterfeit medicines, vaccines, and test kit emails were in the news along with fake emails that were said to come from disease control and prevention centers. These websites and apps may offer help, but can actually cause a fraudulent website or news source to attempt to steal information.
- Use trustworthy sources of information. Use legitimate Government websites for current, fact-based information about COVID-19.
- Beware of promising communications reviews. Business cycle offers are another scam asking for your information to promise a review. Be skeptical of unwanted email and phone calls.
- Do not share personal or financial information. Do not respond to email requests for personal information.
- Check the authenticity of a charity before you donate. Check the FTC page on Charity fraud for more informations.
- Be especially vigilant when dealing with risks. Check CISA Insights on Risk management for COVID-19 for more informations.
A short list of resources that can help you deal with online fraud and teleworking risks can be found at:
If you believe you are a victim of internet fraud or cyber crime, or if you want to report suspicious activity, visit the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at ic3.gov.
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