Scam Alert - Scammers using COVID-19 to steal information
Whilst businesses around the country and indeed the globe are making important preparations to respond to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), it is important to understand that cyber criminals can use a situation like this to their advantage.
Targetted phishing attacks, with malicious content disguised as Coronavirus notices, may be launched to capitalise on the public's desire to learn more about the outbreak. There have already been reports in the media about scams attempting to steal personal information or infect people's devices with malware that distributes false information or scam products.
In one example, a phishing email that used the logo of the CDC Health Alert Network claimed to provide a list of local active infections. Recipients were instructed to click on a link in the email to access the list. Next, recipients were asked to enter their email login credentials, which were then stolen by scammers.
What to doto protect yourself
If you want to educate yourself further on COVID-19, only look at reputable sources like the World Health Organisation, Centre for Disease Control or the the Australian Governments Department of Health websites.
Always be on the lookout for tell-tale signs of email phishing from emails that appear to come from reputable sources. Remember, you can look at the sender’s details – specifically the part of the email address after the ‘@’ symbol – in the ‘From’ line to see if it looks legitimate.
Be weary of social media posts that attempt to bait you to click on links to gain more information. Social media is notorious for being used to spread misinformation despite the review processes that have been implemented by these sites in recent times. As per point number 1, go direct to reputable or government sources to get information on COVID-19.
You can check out our link on phishing emails here to get more general information on how to spot scams.
Finally make sure you have good anti-virus protection installed on your device, whether it be a laptop or mobile.