By Julie Thornton | March 24, 2020
In these very unsettling times, Cyber-crime experts are claiming that scams linked to Coronavirus are the worst they have seen in years. Phishing scams in several languages including English, Japanese & Italian have all been circulating online. If you have any suspicions regarding an email that you have received from us, please contact one of our team who can verify the email.
Below are some examples that have been detected by the Cyber Crime security firms, along with some steps on how to avoid them.
COVID-19 TAX RETURN SCAM
Victims claiming that they received an email advising of a precautionary measurement, the government have developed a new tax refund programme for dealing with the coronavirus outbreak. The email advises the individual they are entitled to a tax refund and to click on a link to complete their details
- Action: Tax scams can be common via email; however, the Revenue would never contact anyone is this manner regarding a potential refund.
- Do Not Click on any such links and delete the email from your email inbox.
DONATE HERE TO HELP THE FIGHT / LITTLE MEASURES THAT SAVE LIVES
Numerous advertisements via Social Media & email that are offering these ‘Donation’ sites for individuals to donate any amount using their debit card or PayPal to authorise the transactions.
- Action: Make sure you have researched the foundation thoroughly ensuring they are a legitimate organisation before processing a payment to them. Be mindful of ‘fake’ comments underneath the advertisement where fictional names or identities have been used to say they have donated.
CLICK HERE FOR A CURE
Reports from Cyber Security firms, of thousands of emails claiming to ‘have a cure’ for the Coronavirus outbreak are being sent at a time. The email contains a ‘link’ or an ‘attachment’ which can either request your financial details for the cure or request you to open the attachment containing ‘Malware’. This malware can then track your keystrokes on your device and monitor your computers use for further potentially fraudulent activity.
- Action: Never open emails, attachments or click on links from an unknown source. Delete them immediately and ensure you have the latest software updates for your device. Install up to date antivirus software and run regular scanning of your PC/Laptop.
With many members potentially having to shop online for their essentials, the vast majority of online retailers are trustworthy and genuine. However, Members should always exercise caution when buying or selling items online by ensuring they are protecting themselves against online threats such as; Fraudulent websites, forgeries, fake advertisements or special offers.
- Action: Look for the ‘https’ at the beginning of the website address and the padlock symbol in the browser frame.
- Make sure you receive email confirmation for your purchase and contact the retailer if it has not been delivered shortly afterwards.