Scammers During The COVID-19 Pandemic – Tips That Consumers Can Use to Tell A Fa

Posted by Acordiscorp on May 23rd, 2020

The bad guys don’t stop when there is a crisis. In fact, they are more likely to take advantage of the situation with scams and other malicious online activities that can put your safety at risk. As we face the COVID-19 pandemic, those people will try to get you to fall for their fake offers or install malware in your device. They usually do this by sending enticing emails that look legit. So how do you spot scammers and avoid becoming a victim? Here are some red flags to look out for:

  • A suspicious text message is sent to you with a link, promising a free iPhone because of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Text messages promoting ,000 worth of payday loans
  • 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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Acordis Technology & Solutions in Florida is headed by (CEO) Rehan Khan. Acordis Technology & Solutions helps organizations to perform with efficiency and productivity. Ranked by industry’s best analysts as a market leader in South Florida, they provide outstanding customer services to their clients. In partnership with leading technology firms, Acordis offers advanced technology solutions to its clients. They are best known for their expertise, performance, and knowledge in the Data Management, Infrastructure Management, Collaboration, Data & Enterprise Networks, Managed IT Services, Digital Signage, IT Security, Document Management, MFP products and more. Acordis reduces your operating costs by increasing their efficiencies within the workgroups to maximize the output.

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