COVID 19 Scams: What You Need To Know

With COVID-19 at the forefront of everyone’s mind now and in the coming days, criminals are using the public’s uncertainty and fear to exploit for personal gain. Educate yourself and your employees on things to look out for during this time.

What to look for:

“You Might Be Infected” Email | Text: Scammers are posing as hospital, doctors, and government health agencies to “alert” you that you have been in contact with someone who is confirmed positive for COVID-19. These emails and texts usually contain a link to redirect or download information to take to the nearest hospital to be tested for COVID-19.

  • This is an attempt to trick you into downloading malware or inputting personal and financial information.

Essential Items Supply: Criminals are using various platforms such as email, text, websites, social media sites with offers to sell items currently in high demand such as masks, hand sanitizer, disinfectant, gloves and even toilet paper.

  • Remember if it’s too good to be true, then it most definitely is not. Consumers are tricked to buying an inferior product or, most often, receive no product at all. Their “secure” checkout is quite possibly designed to trick you into stealing your financial information.

Cures and Treatment Scams: Criminals are again using numerous platforms to prey on the public’s fear with the promise of a cure, vaccination, or treatment.

  • Currently there is no cure or vaccine for COVID-19, but that does not stop criminals from using this as a tactic.

COVID-19 Apps: Seemingly harmless apps designed to provide you with the latest statistics and track the spread of COVID-19.

  • Harmless as it may seem, this app is designed to insert malware to comprise your device and steal personal information.

Steps to keep you and your business safe:

  • Proceed with caution when receiving unsolicited emails texts and other forms of messaging pertaining to COVID-19. Legitimate health organizations will never ask you for personal information or contact you in this manner.
  • Do not click links or open attachments from a source you cannot verify. Keep in mind criminals will use email addresses that are very similar to the legitimate ones.
  • Ignore any form of communication that offers cures, vaccines, or treatments.
  • When sourcing high demand supplies, make sure to thoroughly check independent reviews of any organization offering these items for sale.
  • Make sure that all security patches, anti-malware, and anti-virus software is currently up to date on all your devices.
  • Educate yourself and your employees to keep your systems and personal information secure.

Remember, we are all in this together and Acumen IT is here to keep you informed and your business safe from potential attacks during this time and in the future.