Please be aware of increased cyber threats by scam artists who are capitalizing on fears caused by the Coronavirus. Phishing emails referencing COVID-19 are surfacing daily.
Be on the lookout for emails that:
Warn you that you have been exposed to Coronavirus through personal contact with a colleague, friend or family member and direct you to download a malicious attachment and go immediately to the hospital.
Claim to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), or other public health offices. They may ask for Social Security numbers, tax IDs, etc. Other variations direct you to click on a link or download a document.
Don’t respond to texts and emails about checks from the government about COVID-19 stimulus checks. The government will not:
Ask you to pay anything up front to get this money - no fees, no charges, nothing.
Call or email you to ask for your Social Security number, bank account or credit card number. If someone tells you they can get you the money sooner, this is a scammer.
Be on the lookout for robocalls pretending to be from the Social Security Administration. These calls offer fake Coronavirus tests to Medicare recipients and scare small businesses into buying fake online listing services.
REMEMBER: Don’t click on any links or attachments you are not expecting. Hang up on robocalls. Do NOT give out any confidential information.
Here are some additional resources to keep you aware of the different types of scams: