With the COVID-19 pandemic impacting the globe, opportunistic cyber criminals are leveraging our fear and need for information to gain access to individuals’ computers and personal information through phishing and other spoofing schemes. These major threats require risk mitigation, risk management and/or risk transfer strategies as the crisis unfolds. For more information on extra network and email security visit https://www.fortinet.com/products/email-security.
Step 1: Be Wary
Email Scams: About 90% of all cybercrime starts
with an email. Check the sender’s address and be
skeptical of anything that doesn’t look or feel right.
If it doesn’t look right, don’t open it. “When in doubt,
delete it out.”
Invoicing Scams: Scammers will monitor personal
news (births, deaths, new homes and more), and
then send fake invoices for payment. For example,
after finding a widow on the Internet, scammers will
pretend to be a collection agency calling about the
recently deceased’s debts.
Charitable Donation Scams: Beware of requests
for money immediately after a disaster. Scammers
set up fake websites with names similar to real
charities, and solicit donations.
Investment Scams: Scammers will set up
seminars or websites where they suggest investing
in specific funds or in unusual assets which have
made them wealthy.
Personal Scams: With so much information now
available online – through social media or online
dating apps – scammers may be using blackmail or
personal scams in addition to just economic scams.
Small Business Scams: About half of all small
businesses experience a cyberattack because they
generally have a moderate amount of data and often
have minimal cybersecurity.
COVID-19 Related Phone Scams and Phishing
Attacks: It is being reported that callers claiming to
be representatives of the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) are beginning to
surface. These calls are scams. Be wary of
answering phone calls from numbers you do not
Malicious cyber criminals are also attempting to
leverage interest and activity in COVID-19 to launch
coronavirus-themed phishing emails. These phishing
emails contain links and downloads for malware that
can allow them to takeover healthcare IT systems
and steal information.