FBI Sees Rise in Coronavirus Fraud Schemes

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We have had several posts about the dangers of cybercrime over the past few years.   Recently, the FBI said they have seen an uptick in the number of scams & methods for cyber-criminals to steal your money, personal information or both during the current Coronavirus pandemic.  Specifically they are warning citizens about suspicious & counterfeit emails from the CDC, phishing scams and people selling snake-oil-like cures, products and equipment.   Indeed….

The FBI is reminding you to always use good cyber hygiene and security measures. By remembering the following tips, you can protect yourself and help stop criminal activity:

  • Do not open attachments or click links within emails from senders you don’t recognize.
  • Do not provide your username, password, date of birth, social security number, financial data, or other personal information in response to an email or robocall.
  • Always verify the web address of legitimate websites and manually type them into your browser.
  • Check for misspellings or wrong domains within a link (for example, an address that should end in a “.gov” ends in .com” instead).

They have also put together a list of best-practices from industry experts for those working from home during this national emergency with important fundamentals for safeguarding your company and work.

Click here to read the full release at the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.

 

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