Corona pandemic has brought not only the health challenge but Economical . When people are scared, fraudster take advantage of this fear and emotion to siphon money and important information from the users.
Corona Scams about free subscription, donation or Information sharing
Corona Virus Pandemic has become a chance to scam a fortune from a captive market under effective house arrest. In past 2 weeks lots of such scams are coming under cyber security experts. Attackers are increasingly impersonating the Government agencies , Bank officials, NGOs, World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations. This is the right time for cyber attackers to take advantage of long net surfing habbits of users while they confined in house lock down.
Type of Corona Frauds and Scam
Lock down is tough for everyone but its the need of hour. Lot many organizations trying their best to support this cause by various means but lot of scammers trying their luck to cheat people. Below is the common type of scams doing rounds at present
- Free Subscriptions offer
- Corona Virus latest update offering apps
- Phishing Emails(Impersonating official organizations to share information)
1. Free Subscription offers
Every day we are receiving lot of messages related to free premium services to the existing members by various organizations. Most common offers are coming from Entertainment companies, Clubs, Gaming websites , Telecom companies. Few of them might be true as well but most of them are to lure users into their web to cheat or steal their information
2. Corona Virus Information Apps
we all are afraid of corona pandemic and looking for latest update in developments happening in country and worldwide. On facebook, whatsapp and almost every social platform is full of such applications which provides latest information about corona virus.
Please avoid installing any such apps on your mobile, they may take charge of your phone after installation and put you in trouble. If it is really necessary to install any application ,please verify its source before proceeding further. Only install app from the official websites or concerned service provider platform only
3. Phishing Emails
Websites having exact look and feel of official website is called phishing website and they are made to steal your valuable information. Coronavirus email scams nearly tripled in the past week, with almost 3% of all global spam now estimated to be Covid-19 related.
Attacker send you email impersonating an official organizations to share information or subscribe for latest updates. Most of time attacker send email with Government Organizations , World Health Organization your insurance provider company and banks.
Please do not share or subscribe any such emails unless you are sure about the real sender. By doing so you can save yourself and other from a potential scam
Its tough time for everyone, specially for those who don’t have privileged to support themselves in lock down. Daily wagers, farmers, local vendors and lower income group people are having a really tough time. Government agencies and NGO’s are coming out to help them. Lot of individual are also coming out to help them in their capacity or by asking for help from the community to donate.
Everyone trying their best to help people by donating whatever they can. it is such an emotions scenario where people forget basic precaution while donating and this is the best time for scammer to make money. People posing as social worker who is raising money to help people they will ask for contribution via any online medium (Social distancing becoming a great excuse for them).
Even scammers are impersonating health workers and trying to take entry into homes. Please dont let anycome to your house without proper verification of their IDs or confirming local police about any such activity being carried out.
How scammers steal information
For information theft attacker plant a program (malware) on to the device via links and attachments in the mails or ransomware is circulated as part of a mobile apps. Then they take over of device without users knowledge and steal valuable information.
How to Protect from Corona Scam
- Do not open any unsolicited e-mails and click only on those that are from known and trusted sources.
- Check all mails for authentic URLs, domain names and spelling errors.
- If you need any information, go to the official websites of organisations.
- Don’t Install mobile apps from unknown sources or from social media platforms
This situation is likely to continue, with criminals looking to take advantage of further consequences of the corona pandemic. Offer related to work from home , share market investment scheme, target pensions, health insurance scheme are about to bombard people to exploit their fear.
Please beware of any online offer or freebie to keep yourself safe from cyber scams.