COVID-19 Test & Vaccine Scams
With the recent approval by the government of a COVID-19 vaccine, everyone is wondering if and when they can get the vaccine. Cybercriminals are using this to launch malicious social engineering campaigns aimed at stealing information or hacking into accounts and computers. The scheme exploits the concerns and questions we have about COVID-19 such as:
- How soon will a vaccine be available?
- Will it be safe?
- How can I get it?
- When can I get it?
- How much will it cost?
- Should I get it?
Other emails that have already been discovered lure victims with promises of appointments or forms to request a test or vaccine. The emails contain links to confirm an appointment, fill out a form, open a document with more information. All of these are traps to steal your credentials or potentially download a malicious file to your computer.
What you should watch out for…
Be especially wary of any email sent to your work or personal accounts with information or links related to COVID-19. Treat these messages with a high level of diligence. If you do not know the sender, delete the message and contact your IT support team.
If any COVID-19 email asks for your credentials or personal information, DELETE IT. DO NOT ENTER YOUR CREDENTIALS. DO NOT FORWARD the message to anyone, including your IT support team. Forwarding simply spreads the problem.
If you clicked the link and/or entered your credentials, reset your password immediately then contact your IT support team. By entering your credentials, they have been compromised and will be used to attempt to access your account.
If your business does not have an IT support team, contact 46Solutions for a free, no-obligation consultation regarding the safety of your technology and company files.
Alex Blanton is the operations manager for the 46Solutions audio/video division. He has extensive knowledge of home entertainment systems and technology integration. In his spare time, he enjoys woodworking and relaxing in the country.