Scammers use COVID-19 to profit off of fear

As people around the world are filled with fears and concerns about COVID-19, criminals are using our fear to try and steal money and our personal information by generating social engineering scams via email, U.S. mail, text, and phone.

The U.S. Secret Service said in a statement warning the public: “Coronavirus is a prime opportunity for enterprising criminals because it plays on one of the basic human conditions … fear.” (Source: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Phishing Alert, secretservice.gov) (PDF download)

“Fear can cause normally scrupulous individuals to let their guard down and fall victim" to scams, the statement added.

What can you do to avoid being scammed? (Source: Spam and Phishing, staysafeonline.org)

Scams to be aware of: (Source: Coronavirus What the FTC is Doing, consumer.ftc.gov)

Related information:

Beware of COVID-19 phishing attempts and websites (Source: it.wisc.edu)

Learn how to recognize and report phishing (Source: it.wisc.edu)

Scams to avoid: protecting your online identity (Source: it.wisc.edu)