The pandemic, nationwide protests, massive unemployment, and millions working from home are creating ideal conditions for cybercriminals to steal money and information.
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Check out four of the latest cyber scams.
In recent days, cyber crooks began sending emails that urge readers to “Give your feedback anonymously about Whose Lives Matter.”
After opening the attached Microsoft Word document, the reader is instructed to click a link to update their copy of Microsoft Office.
But installing the "update" will infect the computer, allowing crooks to record every keystroke the user types including user names and passwords.
Always be cautious before clicking on links in emails, particularly those that are urgent or target your emotions.
Crooks are now offering smartphone apps that claim to track COVID-19.
The apps promise to protect users, alerting them when victims of the Coronavirus are nearby.
Instead, the apps download dangerous software on the phone that steals the user's banking information.
Stick to using your phone's official app store. Never download apps from links in websites, texts, or emails.
We tend to trust text messages more than emails, so scammers are sending texts to gain access to our phones.
Their texts often link to dangerous websites that appear to be genuine.
Did you know more than half of all websites with the word "COVID" in the address are designed to steal your personal information?
Be suspicious of links in text messages.
Here, a scammer's email claims to provide an important work-related voicemail message.
Look at the subject line. It's vague but urgent — ideal for making the reader want to learn more.
All a user has to do is click on the link to listen to it.
But the link first requires the user to enter their email password, which scammers then use to take over the account.
Sources: TechRadar, SC Magazine, Bank InfoSecurity, FBI, Politico, CXO Today, Sophos
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