Scammers are preying on fear and sending people scams related to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.

3 scams to be on the lookout for:

  1. 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.
  2. Emails that ask for charity donations for studies, doctors, or victims that have been affected by the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Scammers often create fake charity emails after global phenomenons occur, like natural disasters, or health scares like the COVID-19.
  3. 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.
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These 3 examples are not the only ways scammers are trying to take advantage of people's fear, keep in mind that scammers are consistently coming up with new ways to fool you.

You might be asking yourself... What Can I Do?

Remain cautious, and follow the following tips:

  • Never click on links or download attachments from an email that you weren’t expecting.
  • If you want to make a charity donation, go to the charity website 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.

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