7 May 2020
Whether trying to reach you through personal or professional channels, scammers are everywhere, and they’re even more keen to strike amid the COVID-19 pandemic. When causing chaos is the name of the game, an unexpected transition to remote work provides the ideal environment for malicious actors to make an attempt on your information. Just in the last month, cyberattackers have weaponized the spread of misinformation and public anxiety. Malicious messages have popped up in the form of emails impersonating the NHS, WHO, and other expert medical organizations; text messages in the United Kingdom allegedly sent by “GOV.UK” promising tax refunds; and memos advertising protective masks and hand sanitizer from false websites. In the last few weeks, we’ve discussed the motivations behind an uptick in cyberattacks, how to secure your remote work environment, and why now more than ever, communication is key. This week, it’s time to review the most common scams in the COVID crisis, and how to keep an eye out for them.