How to recognize and avoid "Coronavirus" Phishing Scams
The overwhelming amount of news coverage surrounding the novel coronavirus has created a new danger — phishing attacks looking to exploit public fears about the sometimes-deadly virus.
How does it work? Cybercriminals send emails claiming to be from legitimate organizations with information about the coronavirus.
The email messages might ask you to open an attachment to see the latest statistics. If you click on the attachment or embedded link, you’re likely to download malicious software onto your device.
The malicious software — malware, for short — could allow cybercriminals to take control of your computer, log your keystrokes, or access your personal information and financial data, which could lead to identity theft.
The coronavirus — or COVID-19, the name of the respiratory disease it causes — has affected the lives of millions of people around the world. It’s impossible to predict its long-term impact. But it is possible to take steps to help protect yourself against coronavirus-related scams.
Here’s some information that can help (Redirects to Norton)
- How do I spot a coronavirus phishing email? Examples
- How do I avoid scammers and fake ads?
- Tips for recognizing and avoiding phishing emails
- Where can I find legitimate information about the coronavirus?