Be Careful! Don’t Fall for COVID-19 Scams
An Important Reminder to help you stay safe during the coronavirus pandemic!
We received several emails yesterday with the subject line…
“Government Response to Coronavirus COVID-19” The email (spam) appeared to have come from an organization called Natural Disasters Monitoring (PAHO). The “from” address was email@example.com – which is a fake email address. The email came with a malware attachment that, if opened, may allow remote access to a PC. It also contained links that led to malware downloads and counterfeit web sites.
So we want to remind you that scammers will use the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to steal your identity, your credit card numbers, your personal information or even take money from your checking or savings account.
Their method of choice will be to send unsolicited emails that appear to come from a legitimate health care provider or a government website. They may try to trick you into clicking a link in an email by tricking you into thinking you will get coronavirus test kits, masks, hand sanitizer or coronavirus cures.
These emails may also come with attachments which, if opened, may compromise your computer and even allow hackers to access or control your PC.
These emails may offer free or low-cost critical healthcare items or services in exchange for your personal information, credit card numbers, bank account numbers or your Medicare or Social Security Number.
You should view any unsolicited requests for any personal information, or any offers of COVID-19 test kits, masks, hand sanitizer, or cures as fraudulent and dangerous.
No one has home test kits to send you. No one has face masks to send you. No one is going to send you scarce healthcare items…and no one has a cure for the coronavirus at this time.
If you get any emails such as we describe above, delete the email immediately. NEVER click links in and NEVER open any attachments that come with unsolicited emails.
We want to keep you safe. At this critical time, you must stay calm and informed. Your common sense and skepticism will help you stay safe during this global pandemic.
As we’ve always told you…
DO NOT OPEN ATTACHMENTS IN EMAIL UNLESS YOU ARE SURE OF WHO SENT THEM, YOU WERE EXPECTING THEM, AND YOU KNOW WHAT THEY ARE.