Scammers are Phishing for Information
The coronavirus is causing a lot of havoc in our daily life. It has also opened the door to many scammers and hackers who are out there waiting to take advantage of the situation. The scammers are working from everything to taking over accounts to phony donation requests. The Federal Trade Commission has also warned of “spoofed” emails, text messages, and phone calls. These crooks claim to be from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
What To Look For In The Future
While COVID-19 continues to cause significant issues, we now have “phishing,” “smishing,” and “vishing” to deal with. The first has to do with fake emails. The second has to do with text message phishing. The latter involves phone fraud. These scammers are presently preying on the insecurities the coronavirus is causing people. They particularly like to attack people in an area where the virus is rapidly spreading. They may call you to offer you fake health agency warnings about the infections in your specific area, vaccine, and treatment offers they can provide at a discount price. Others might provide you with a speedy medical test result if you send them X dollars. You might also receive a call that your health insurance is being canceled. This is really scary as no one can afford to lose their coverage at this critical period in history. However, before they hang up they can guarantee you a new policy if you send them a money order to cover postage, handling, and a reduced cost of the first month of insurance.
Scammers Are Professional Scammers
You might think you will never be scammed. Maybe you are right. However, the scammers are becoming so proficient they have professional phishing kits. These kits provide them with perfect matches to logos and email formats of legitimate organizations. They also use tactics to create fake URLs that anyone might fall for.
Difficult To Trace Or Track
Even professionals have a difficult time tracking text messages and caller ID. Sometimes the scammer combines methods whereby the person will receive a phone call and an email or text message all at the same time. This causes the receiver to fall even deeper for the scam.
A very popular set up these days is for scammers to set up fake coronavirus related websites. These sites offer everything from “cures” to vaccines, testing kits, face masks, and other difficult items to obtain. They will provide the items at a discounted price. Once you submit your order, the scammer has your money as well as your credit card information. You must be aware of these scammers. We are facing enough difficulties in our lives, at present, without including these criminals.
It is difficult to believe there are so many scammers out there, but be assured they are. Also, be assured they will take advantage of you any chance they have.