There is no shortage of news about the Coronavirus outbreak, also known as COVID-19. We wanted to remind you that during media-intense events like this, cyber attackers can take advantage and try to scam you by launching phishing attacks that attempt to get you to click on malicious links or open infected email attachments.
The Treasury Department and IRS announced that the automatic distribution of the upcoming economic impact payments has begun. The IRS has urged taxpayers to be on the lookout for scams relating to economic impact payments. Criminals could exploit these confusing and stressful times to take advantage of taxpayers by committing fraud and identity theft.
Here are some of the most common indicators that the phone call or email you received is most likely a scam or attack:
Here are some recent activities:
Here are some tricks and tips:
Please keep in mind Coronavirus scams and attacks can happen at work or at home, via email, text messaging or even over the phone. Don’t fall victim to bad guys playing on your emotions. If you suspect you may have been the victim of a phishing event, immediately report it to your IT support team so they can identify and mitigate the threat or attack.