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COVID 19 Scams

Posted on April 13, 2020
  
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During this time of change and uncertainty, it is important to understand the inevitability of increased cyberattacks. Cybercriminals will absolutely take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. Therefore, you must be a step ahead. 


Questions to ask yourself when receiving email with links, attachments, or calls:

1. Was the email from someone I know or regularly work with?

  • If yes, was I expecting this link or file from them?
  • If I’m not expecting a file or link, is there sufficient explanation in the email to justify clicking on the link?
  • If you were not, it’s best to reach out to the sender by phone and inquire.

2. Does the email “from” address match the person’s display name? Display names and the names in an email signatures can be easily fake.

3. Hang up on all robocalls 

  • Scammers are using illegal robocalls to pitch everything from low priced healthcare to work at home schemes. 

4. Ignore online offers for vaccinations and home test kits. 

Ways to stay safe and prevent a cyberattack:

1. Ensure you have the right antivirus protection on all of your devices. 

2. Exercise caution when providing personal information. 

3. Educate all employees of the risks and signs of a possible cyberattack. 

4. Conduct regular backups. 


According to thomasnet.com, employees are more likely to make mistakes in a time of heightened stress. Even under normal conditions, 95% of all security incidents involve human error. With this being said, it is crucial that your whole team is aware of the increase in scams during this time. If you would like to learn more about how your workers and or business can stay safe in these uncertain times, contact us today.

Sources: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/coronavirus-scams-what-ftc-doing  https://www.thomasnet.com/insights/4-ways-to-maintain-cybersecurity-for-your-business-during-remote-work/?utm_content=featuredstory&position=2&linktype=title&channel=email&campaign_type=thomas_industry_update&campaign_name=tiu200408&utm_campaign=tiu200408&utm_medium=email&utm_source=thomas_industry_update&tinid=227272029

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