Coronavirus Scams and how to spot them

coronavirus fears

In these difficult and rather strange times, unscrupulous cyber criminals have begun preying on people by using Coronavirus as a lure to get people to click on links to dodgy websites, provide them with personal details, download viruses/spyware etc.

We have provided a link to a webpage which goes into quite a lot of detail about how to spot these fake and scam emails/text messages.
https://www.which.co.uk/news/2020/03/coronavirus-scams-how-to-spot-them-and-stop-them/

Also, the webpage includes a useful video, which we’ve provided a link to here.
https://youtu.be/SGdPtynf_Lg

However in summary.

  • If you receive an email/text or even a phonecall which tells you to click on something or respond with personal information, be extremely wary.
  • Fake emails will often encourage you to respond urgently and tell you that something nasty will happen if you delay!
  • If the email doesn’t use your name, ie. Dear Customer
  • The email address (not the name, but the actual address), or the address any links point to when you hover over them, are not genuine. For example, a Microsoft address is Microsoft.com, but can be faked as Microsoft.somthingrandom.com The important bit of the address is the part just before the .com, .co.uk etc. so you need to make sure it is genuine.
  • If an email/text says you are due a refund, have won something, or will be fined if you don’t reply quickly, then it is likely fake.

Current favourites among cyber criminals are Fake Lockdown fines, Fake HMRC grants/payments for Covid-19, Free School Meals for Covid-19 etc.

This is important for your personal emails too, not just work ones. You can be scammed by work email/personal email, text message, phonecall or even on your own doorstep.

In these rather odd and worrying times, please ensure you are more wary than ever because people will and are taking advantage of the situation. It’s hard enough at the moment without finding that your bank account has been emptied by a cyber criminal!

Kind Regards and stay safe!
ICT Support