We're currently seeing many instances of scammers impersonating business and government authorities using COVID-19 messages. We've also seen a number of coronavirus-related online shopping scams.
A few specific examples to watch out for are:
Flight refund scam
Scammers are targeting people who are waiting for refunds from airlines that cancelled flights due to the coronavirus shutdown.
The messages include a fake flight refund form and they tell customers to fill it in with their name and credit card details. Using this trick, cybercriminals could collect personal and financial information and use them to carry out a broad range of malicious activities. Data gathered could be also offered for sale on the dark web.
To confirm the source of emails or messages you receive, directly contact the company using a phone number from the company’s website or from a phone number search via the White Pages online directory.
Bitcoin threat phishing email
A phishing email has been circulating demanding that customers buy and send $2,000 worth of Bitcoin within 24 hours to prevent the release of compromising material to their contacts.
The email and password included in the email is likely to have been obtained through an external data leakage from an unknown source and may be a previous password the customer has used for their device or banking.
Texts that appear to come from ‘GOV’ and ‘MyGov’
There have been multiple reports of texts that appear to come from ‘GOV’ and ‘MyGov’, with links to more information related to COVID-19.
For more information about coronavirus-related scams, visit the Stay Smart Online and Scamwatch websites.
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