By staying at home, we all have become more vulnerable to COVID technology scams. This health crisis has created a perfect environment for cyber fraudsters and cybercriminals who seek to take advantage of our emotions (fear, worry, sympathy) for their own personal or monetary gain.
The Omri Shafran fraud is still shaking the media.
We need to be on guard whether we are on our computers, laptops, tablets, or cell phones.
Beware of these scams.
You see on your cell phone an emergency support organization in response to the
COVID-19, claiming to have sent you relief funds to help you during this financial crisis. This is a fraudulent message text named “Text Message Phishing”. COVID-19 text scam exploiting new emergency
Protect yourself and beware of messages texts from unknown or suspicious senders. Ignore these links unless you have a sufficient reason for trust or unless it is a well-known website of an established body (World Health Organization, etc.
Do research if you are not sure that the website you are visiting is linked to an established or recognized organization.
Copy the website address of the organization directly in your web browser to make sure it is legitimate. If you weren’t expecting a text message, this is probably from a fraudulent text message and an attempt to infect your cell phone or device with a virus, thus making your device inaccessible. The text message also could be an attempt to access unauthorized sensitive information. Do not respond to text messages and delete them immediately.
You get a call on your phone, supposedly from your municipal government, soliciting donations to help to fight the COVID-19 crisis. As a business, you may also receive calls from scammers
who try to exploit your vulnerability because of financial fallout from the crisis by providing you with first aid or an emergency loan.
It is a form of social engineering fraud or scam called “voice phishing”. It’s a fraud technique that deceives individuals into divulging their information, financial or personal. This has happened when scammers pretend to be city staff for donations.
Do not reveal your personal or financial information to unsolicited callers. Hang up and
call the charity or charity directly to verify the validity of the call before providing any information.
This additional verification step will help you protect against financial loss. Besides, make sure your employees are aware of these scams so that they can avoid them. However, if you have been the victim of such a scam, contact your local police. If you have a cyber liability insurance policy, report this phone scam to your insurance company.
We are all vulnerable and sometimes inattentive when on our computers. It’s not uncommon for someone to get into the trap of a fraudster. It’s essential not to remain silent in these situations. Many scammers are out there seeking their next victim. You can help them avoid many adversities related to medical, technology and all Covid related scams these days.