Coronavirus Scams

The novel coronavirus has a lot of people freaked out, and that’s an opportunity that you can bet scammers aren’t going to pass up. Last week the Secret Service issued an advisory warning Americans about phishing scams, a widely-used scam where an email appears to be from a reputable company with the aim of getting victims to hand over sensitive personal information like usernames, passwords, and credit card information. Criminals are now sending these emails that seem to come from legitimate medical or health organizations. In one case, a victim got a fraudulent email from a fake medical organization with attachments that claimed to contain information about COVID-19. The Secret Service says this either lead to the victims opening the attachment allowing malware onto their device, or to a website prompting them to enter login information. The scammers have also increased the number of emails they’re sending that appear to come from charities.