Phishing, Identity Theft, Other Forms of Pandemic Scams and Fraud

Phishing through emails or texts is one of the most common techniques used to acquire sensitive information such as usernames and passwords. Scammers have been exploiting coronavirus fears by posing as health and medical organizations. The World Health Organization and Center for Disease Control have both been impersonated through emails that ask people to click fake links to important coronavirus information. These links can download malicious software or direct people to false sites that harvest important data that is later used for fraudulent activity.

Social engineering scams targeting people through online websites and communications are also on the rise. These include false charities seeking coronavirus-related donations, as well as romance scams, where criminals build a relationship with their victims online, then ask for money to be wired because of an unfortunate circumstance — being quarantined due to coronavirus, for instance.

Tips to help keep your online account safe. 1. Choose strong passwords with a unique mix of letters and numbers. 2. Activate two-factor authentication for signing on to online banking. 3. Do not respond to phone calls, text messages, or emails from suspicious senders. 4. Review account activity regularly, and report unauthorized or suspicious transactions immediately.
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Read our recent blog about this subject, with a link to an article about the US Secret Service’s recent Phishing Alert.

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Dr. Justin Groode | Patient Advocate Alliance