Scammers have begun sending phishing emails about the Coronavirus with the goal of infecting computers or stealing information. The email appears to come from the World Health Organization (WHO) and claims to provide new information on the virus and will contain a link or an attachment to access that information.
The email message prompt users to download an attachment or click on a link to “get important information.” Ironically, clicking on the link to learn more about the virus can give your computer a virus – or worse.
Here are some tips to avoid falling victim to this scam.
Check the sender of the email to verify if they are legitimate. Be wary of any misspellings in the sender’s email domain. A proper email domain for the World Health Organization will be @who.int
Be careful of links and attachments. Without clicking, hover your mouse over any links in email messages and your system will show you where clicking that link would take you. If you don’t recognize the destination or it’s different that then domain of the email sender, don’t click on it.
Think twice about opening any attachments. Generally, unknown organizations that you haven’t personally interacted with won’t send you attachments. Rather, they would direct you back to their website for more information.
And if you do click on a link, avoid sharing any sensitive and personal information that may be requested.
Don’t fall for donation scams requesting a charitable donation to assist with relief efforts for the virus. Generally, charities don’t request donations via mass emailing. If you’d like to consider a charitable donation, open a brand new browser window and go directly to the charitable organization’s website and proceed from there.
These tactics aren’t new but they do work because they appeal to our fears and curiosity. So expect more of these attacks as other emergencies occur in the future.
Everyone stay safe out there!