Soliciting donations claiming that you can be healed from the coronavirus if you give them money
Alerts pretending to be breaking news from Fox News, with links leading to a fake website promoting CBD oil to cure coronavirus and urging you to sign up and purchase the product
Companies peddling products with claims of curing or helping people affected by the coronavirus
Individuals claiming that their product could eliminate the virus from the immune systems of the elderly
Selling of unapproved herbal remedies with claims that those products can cure the coronavirus
Conspiracy theorists claiming their products can be used to treat the virus
Scammers are being called out but there are still many of them out there. According to Jiri Kropac, a researcher at a cybersecurity firm ESET, infections have spiked to 2,500 from two malware strains caused by the spread of emails with the coronavirus theme.
So, what can you do if you receive a fake or suspicious email, text message, or direct message? Here are some tips:
- If it is too good to be true, the best thing to do is to ignore it. Do not perform the task being asked of you, whether it’s clicking a link or visiting a page.
- Be wary of strange or suspicious domain names that could lead to a malware infection. Coronavirus-map[.].com, vaccine-coronavirus[.]com, and coronavirus[.]app are among the examples.
- If you need to look at stats and coronavirus maps, trust only legitimate and proven sources like the John Hopkins’ resource (https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html) and avoid downloading malicious map apps into your device.
- Be aware of phishing emails disguising themselves as coming from WHO and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. WHO has noted that its emails are addressed ‘.int’ and that they do not send emails ending in ‘@who[.]com’, ‘@who-safety[.]org, and ‘@who[.]org’.
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