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Staying Safe Against COVID-19 Cyber Scams

Recently, cyber criminals have been capitalizing on the COVID-19 outbreak by using the pandemic event as a topic in various scams. These scam attempts are disguised as trustworthy resources claiming vital information regarding COVID-19. It is important to be reminded that although an email or website may contain convincing wording, links or attachments regarding updates on the virus, they may be also be on a malicious espionage mission.

Cyber actors have been sending emails containing dangerous attachments or links that lead to fraudulent websites where an individual is tricked into sharing their personal information, including login details. The phishing scams have been increasing in numbers as scammers take advantage of the Coronavirus outbreak.

In a recent article by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), individuals are being advised to take caution when encountering any emails with subject lines, attachments, or hyperlinks regarding COVID-19. The CISA is also warning people about social media pleas, texts or calls, as they could also be a part of a scam.

To stay safe and defend your sensitive, personal information, here are some shared tips by the CISA:

Amid hackers’ scamming attempts, you should always remain skeptical of emails and websites. Make sure to confirm and legitimize the primary source of the communication and be on the lookout for signs of phishing scams. For reliable information related to COVID-19, please visit this page from the US Centers of Disease Control and Prevention’s website.

About the author

Kathleen Barrett

As the Director of Marketing at LendingClub, Kathleen has had experience in the financial services industry for over ten years. Ten years ago, while working for a non-profit focused on helping consumers work their way to financial freedom, Kathleen found her passion for financial education. Her current role puts her at the forefront of online banking trends, allowing her to share her expert advice for your personal financial needs.