Avoid coronavirus cyber scams

Learn how you can stay safe online.


Cyber criminals seem to always find new ways to fraud people online. That's true even now as we face the coronavirus and COVID-19. According to the Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (DHS/CISA), here are some precautions you should take in order to stay safe online:

  • Always use trusted, government websites for the most up-to-date information about coronavirus such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • Cyber actors may send messages with malicious files or links to trick you into revealing sensitive information. Use caution when handling any emails with COVID-19-related subject lines, attachments, or hyperlinks.
  • Don’t share your personal or financial information if someone calls, texts or emails you promising early access or free access to the COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine will be covered at no cost to you when it is available.
  • Don’t click on links from sources you don't know. This may lead to viruses being downloaded onto your computer or device.
  • Be sure to do your research when deciding to make a donation to a charity or crowdfunding website. Avoid donation methods such as cash, gift card, or wire transfer.

If you come across a COVID-19 scam, report it to the Federal Trade Commission.

 


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