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Watch out for cybercriminals trying to take advantage of the COVID-19 panic

Watch out for cybercriminals trying to take advantage of the COVID-19 panic

Cybercriminals have no qualms about trying to take advantage of people during times of crisis, and the global COVID-19 crisis is no exception.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently released a general warning saying that there are multiple scams out there that are targetting people who are worried about COVID-19.

With COVID-19 officially being labelled a pandemic by the WHO this week, it will be natural for people to want to protect themselves and try to curb the spread of the disease within their communities.

There are currently attempts from unsavory people posing as WHO officials that are requesting login information, sending strange attachments, or asking for funding and donations.

The WHO warns that they would never do such things, and it's important to take heed of this advice. Criminals prey on our fears and a worrying time like now presents a perfect opportunity for them to take advantage of innocent people.

So if you find yourself being contacted by someone claiming to be from the WHO, please do the following:

  • Ask for verification of their identity

  • Avoid opening any attachments included in emails from these people

  • Do not click on any links from them

The attack vectors are wide, from phone calls, emails, text messages, and even faxes. Remember to stay vigilant, and contact the WHO through their official website if you have any questions.

Please remember to share this information with those who you think may be susceptible, especially elderly relatives who may not be as experienced about the internet. By working together, we can continue making the internet a safer place.

We wish all of you the best of health, and hope that you and your loved ones are safe.

- Team Red Labs

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