Coronavirus Scams – Bogus Claims & Counterfeit Websites

Cybercriminals are using today’s fast-moving events to scam businesses and the public by claiming to be legitimate organizations with information about the Coronavirus. Beware of any email, website, phone call, text message or advertisement that pretends to be any of the following organizations: The World Health Organization [WHO], The Center for Disease Control [CDC], National Institutes of Health [NIH], The Federal Trade Commission [FTC] and the Food and Drug Administration [FDA] as well as others.

These organizations will not:

  • Ask you to login to view safety information
  • Provide email attachments or links you didn’t request
  • Charge money to apply for a job, register for a conference, or reserve a hotel
  • Conduct lotteries or offer prizes, grants, certificates or funding through email
  • Ask you to donate directly to emergency response plans or funding appeals
  • Contact you with coronavirus-related vaccines or cures

Should you have any questions always:

  • Verify the sender by checking their email address
  • Go directly to the actual website rather than clicking a provided link
  • Think about if the information you are being provided is appropriate

Where can I find legitimate information about the Coronavirus?

If you think you may have been a victim of any of these scams or need assistance protecting your business data against other cybersecurity threats, give the Digital Industry team a call or send us a message, as always, we’re here to help.