Scammers are taking advantage of COVID-19 to try to defraud people, especially the elderly and vulnerable, so we need to be on our guard.
Be aware of online shopping scams selling protective face masks and hand sanitiser from fraudsters. Be careful of COVID-themed phishing emails designed to trick people into opening malicious attachments or revealing sensitive information.
Be guarded about messages purporting to be from the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention or the World Health Organisation. These link to a malicious website or asks the victim to make a payment in Bitcoin.
Other common phishing emails include sending articles about the COVID outbreak with links to fake company websites, or sending details of investment schemes which encourage people to take advantage of the COVID downturn.
You can protect yourself by:
Being vigilant - don't click on any links or attachments if you receive a suspicious message, and don't respond to any unsolicited messages or calls that ask for personal or financial details.
Taking care when shopping online - always do your research if you’re buying from a company or person you don’t know and trust. Ask a friend or family member for advice first. If you do go ahead with an online purchase, use a credit card if possible for extra protection.
Protecting your devices from threats - always install the latest software and app updates to protect your devices from new threats.