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As in many public crises, the coronavirus outbreak has resulted in a new species of hackers targeting people who are waiting for economic stimulus from the government, those who work from home, and those who are just trying to stay healthy.
A recent statement from FBI Internet Crime Reporting CenterIt offers some good advice so you can be careful.
“Scam artists are taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to steal your money, your personal information, or both. Don’t leave them,” said the FBI. Protect yourself and do some research before clicking on the links that offer you information about the virus, that offer you to donate online or on social media, or contribute to a co-financing campaign, or buy products online, or whatever they ask for personal information to send you money or other benefits. “
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Here are three coronavirus-related scams to avoid.
Unsolicited emails asking you to click an attachment should always turn on a red alert light. However these classic scams known as phishing They continue to surprise some unwary users who end up downloading malicious files or giving their personal information.
With the news that the government will issue payments of up to $ 1,200 as a stimulus for the coronavirus to taxpayers next month, the FBI recently issued a warning to make people alert to possible scammers posing as officials and requesting personal information. supposedly to issue said payments. “Although the economic stimulus was discussed in the news, government agencies do not send unsolicited emails to collect private information in order to send payment,” said the federal agency’s warning.
Among other measures to make your email more secure, the United States Cybersecurity and Security Infrastructure Agency recommends disable automatic attachment download option. Not all email clients offer this and every client is different, but some do. Because scams designed to persuade you to deliver sensitive information by targeting specific data about you have increased and become very common in times of crisis, it is also a good idea to read this government information about how to identify security risks [en inglés].
Remember, never disclose personal or financial information in an email or respond to requests for information.
If you want to follow COVID-19 news with an app, it’s a good idea to look for malware traps. In early March, a malicious Android app called CovidLock It said it helped users track the virus outbreak. However, what happened was that it allowed many Android phones to be blocked by hackers who then asked for “ransom” by the device.
While, Reason Labs It recently discovered that hackers were using coronavirus tracking map websites to introduce malware into users’ browsers. According to a report by Market WatchWeb sites registered as related to the coronavirus on their behalf are 50 percent more likely to be malicious actors.
How Android Authority He points out, setting a password on your phone can help protect you from someone “hijacking” your phone if you’re using Android Nougat. It is also a good idea to only use Google Play to search for any coronavirus related application and thus reduce the likelihood that it is malicious software.
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During the outbreak of an epidemic or natural disaster, our best wishes persuade us to open our wallets for the less fortunate through charitable donations. Before we continue that momentum, we should take a few extra minutes to make sure that the charity we are contacting is not a funnel to a predator’s bank account.
Take your time to review the page Charity Scams, from scams of charities of the Federal Trade Commission, which could save you the anguish of having your account emptied. You can also improve your odds by searching directly on sites like guidestar.org and give.org the name of the charity before you make the donation.
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Groups of Facebook Random offering alleged home cures for the COVID-19, long strands of Twitter Made by purported health experts and well-designed websites – there are dozens of ways disinformation can lure unsuspecting victims into a vulnerable position. Although it can be difficult to separate truthful information from bait used only to generate clicks and scams, here are a couple of ways that can help you:
- Click on the “about us” section in the group of Facebook, where you can see if that group has changed its name on various occasions to link with different crises – that is a clear sign that the group is seeking an audience and not promoting reliable information.
- Check out the official sources at Twitter, including the news accounts of trusted groups and their reporters.
- If a site claims to be an official government publication, check the URL and make sure it ends in .gov.
For more tips to help you avoid scams during the coronavirus pandemic, check out the CISA official website of the Department of Homeland Security.