As we learn more about the Coronavirus (COVID - 19), it is important to remember that a few people will attempt to prey on the fears of others by crafting scam emails and sending them out in mass. We want to help you identify these potential scams before it is too late.
Below are some examples of the types of scams you should be on the lookout for:
- Healthcare Company Emails: These are emails that appear to be from organizations such as the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), or the WHO (World Health Organization). The scammers have crafted emails that appear to come from these sources, but they actually contain malicious phishing links or dangerous attachments.
- Charity Donation Emails: These are emails that ask for charity donations for studies, doctors, or victims that have been affected by the COVD-19 Coronavirus. Scammers often create fake charity emails after global phenomenons occur, like natural disasters, or health scares.
- Updated Information Emails: These are emails that claim to have a “new” or “updated” list of cases of Coronavirus in your area. These emails could contain dangerous links and information designed to scare you into clicking on the link.
Remember the following to protect yourself from these types of scams:
- Be Cautious of Unexpected Links: Never click on links or download attachments from an email that you weren’t expecting.
- Always Check Official Company Websites: If you receive a suspicious email that appears to come from an official organization such as the WHO or CDC, report the email to the official organization through their website.
Donate Securely: If you want to make a charitable donation, go directly to the website of the charity of your choice to submit your payment. Type the charity’s web address in your browser instead of clicking on any links in emails, or other messages.