How to avoid scams related to Coronavirus

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  • April 22, 2020


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> released April 7, 2020 | Gulfstream
> On March 6, 2020, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released an alert reminding individuals to remain vigilant for scams related to the coronavirus. Cyber actors may send emails with malicious attachments or links to fraudulent websites to trick victims into revealing sensitive information or donating to fraudulent charities or causes. Now is the time to be vigilant and exercise caution in handling any email with a COVID-19-related subject line, attachment, or hyperlink, and be wary of social media pleas, texts, or calls related to COVID-19.
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> CISA encourages individuals to remain vigilant and take the following precautions.
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> Avoid clicking on links in unsolicited emails and be wary of email attachments. See Using Caution with Email Attachments and Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Scams for more information.
> Use trusted sources — such as legitimate, government websites — for up-to-date, fact-based information about COVID-19.
> Do not reveal personal or financial information in an email, and do not respond to email solicitations for this type of information.
> Make sure you verify a charity’s authenticity before making any donations. Review the Federal Trade Commission’s page on Charity Scams for more information.
> Review CISA Insights on Risk Management for COVID-19 for more information.
> Following these tips is just another way to make sure you are staying safe during this stressful time.
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> *Adapted from www.ncua.gov/
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