Be aware of e-mail scamming re: Coronavirus
Scammers are working overtime. Please read below:
Dear COA Colleagues,
This office has become aware that cyber criminals are exploiting Coronavirus through emails… posing as legitimate medical and or health organizations. (In one instance, victims have received an email purporting to be from a “medical/health organization” – with bogus information regarding the Coronavirus.)
Be on the lookout for:
- Review emails that ask for charity donations for studies, doctors, or to assist victims that have been affected by the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Scammers often create fake charity emails during major events like hurricanes or earthquakes.
- Other malicious emails tout “new” or “updated” cases. These emails may contain dangerous links and information designed to scare you into clicking on the link. (One example:-- an up-to-date map of reported cases: you get a map… along with malware that can steal computer passwords and data.)
The EOTSS messaging team is working to add a warning to email from external senders. This practice will help people avoid accidentally clicking an unsafe message. Once the change is implemented you will see the following text in emails sent from outside the organization.
CAUTION: Do not click on links or open attachments unless you recognize the sender and know the content is safe.
Information courtesy of:
Commonwealth Chief Information Security Officer
Posted: to General News on Mon, Mar 16, 2020
Updated: Mon, Mar 16, 2020