Coronavirus Phishing Attempts

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4.23.20

Coronavirus Phishing Attempts


Preying on collective fear and misinformation is what malicious people do during a situation like the coronavirus pandemic. Here is an overview to help you fight against phishing attacks and malware.

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 contain malicious phishing links or dangerous attachments. For example, a malicious website pretending to be the live map for Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins University is circulating on the internet.

Emails that ask for charity donations for studies, doctors, or victims that have been affected by the COVD-19 Coronavirus.

Scammers often create fake charity emails after global phenomena occur, like natural disasters, or health scares like the COVID-19. These attacks are attempts made by a bad actor to get hold of an individual’s credentials or other sensitive information. Many bad actors will take advantage of COVID-19 to try and trick people into giving their credentials by convincing them that they are providing information genuinely required.

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. Remain cautious! And always remember the following to protect yourself from scams like this:

Preparedness is key – and good cyber resilience includes keeping yourself informed on the latest threats.
Remember, Provident will never ask you to reply to an e-mail or phone call with personal information (such as your account number, PIN or SSN) unless you initiate the contact.

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