Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Fraudulent Covid-19 Contact Tracing Scams are on the Rise

 


While things are difficult enough in the current environment, one thing is almost always assuredly true.  That fact is that crooks will always try and take advantage of any situation they can.

One of the latest scams being perpetrated on an unsuspecting public is text messages purporting to be part of Covid-19 contact tracing.  Victims are sent a text message that says something akin to "Someone who came in contact with you tested positive or has shown symptoms for Covid-19 & recommends you self-isolate/get tested.”  It provides a link for the user to tap.

The thing is, tapping the link either downloads malware to the phone OR takes the user to a website that asks for lots of personal information that can then be used for identity theft or other nefarious activities.

The lesson here is one of the most important of the digital age… don’t open a link that you are not expecting or that is sent anonymously.  Doing so only leads to bad things.  It’s terrible that I even have to make this post.  In a time of stress and fear like the one we are living in now, it’s a terrible comment on humanity that someone would try and use someone’s fears to profit.

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