10 COVID-19-scams spread, now that people have fallen in love
The numbers are staggering. The Federal Trade Commission says that a Corona Virus-related fraud costs Americans $13.4 million so far this year. Google has blocked more than 100 million phishing emails every day, how criminals try to steal money and personal data. About 18 million of them are coronavirus related.
Scam sites, like the real thing, collect personal data and credit card numbers. With over 40,000 domain names with the word “coronavirus,” you have to be on guard.
Scam-calls are always impress more. In the last year alone, were defrauded Americans of $19.7 billion over the telephone. This number will only increase with new COVID-19 tricks in the fraudsters’ sleeves. tap or click on tips for protecting against this type of fraud.
The only thing that a pandemic is worse is that scammers and cyber-criminals take advantage of.
1. Blood and saliva from ‘COVID survivors’
If you are desperate for immunity, and are looking around the Dark Web, you might find the blood and saliva samples from a “coronavirus survivor” and wonder at its possibilities. Could it be true that these body fluids for the sale in online market strengthen your body against COVID?
It is a hoax. You’ll never see the blood, and even if it was true, other people’s blood tainted with diseases, such as Hepatitis and HIV. Instead of talking to your doctor.
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2. Express-stimulus checks
Most Americans can expect a small increase from the government. Though the stimulus bill was passing slowly and even slower made its way into your Bank account, the best thing you can do is to budget and to wait. To accelerate, you get authentic-sounding E-Mail offers and phone calls, payment, or even increase the amount on your check.
The IRS has to check a Website for you on your payment status. If you use the payment method “Status Not Available” message to the IRS’ site, there are three reasons why. If one of these reasons is that you don’t file your taxes in the year 2018 or 2019, the IRS has a special website to facilitate payment.
3. Fake-coronavirus miracle cure
quacks hawking bogus cures, which since the beginning of time, and no one wants to fall for the old snake-oil trick been. Nevertheless, it may be tempting to believe that big pharma suppresses a vaccine, or a secret that herbal pills COVID-19 can reduce the impact. Unless the advice comes from a doctor or the CDC to ignore it.
people fall for these “cures” in a big way, and it’s downright dangerous. tap or click here to see how this convincing phishing websites for those who are desperate for help.
4. Tech support scams
you are obliged to run in the tech problems work from home. Since you probably don’t want to, that experts in your home to fix the problem, you can the mercy of the online or phone tech support. Not the Google search a company, the technical support line. Scammers hope that you will do exactly that and fall into the trap.
Make sure that the number you are dialing is the correct number. You go on the company official website and you will get the phone number from the contact area. There are many phishing methods are developed by hackers who want to access personal data and securing your network.
A caller to my national radio show fell for this Scam, and that he has a Homeland Security company. tap or click here to learn four cool hours of a tech-support hotline-fraud.
5. Sextortion scams
With so many people communicate through Zoom and other video-chats, we are now on our webcams now more than ever. It does not have a webcam, which you possess and consider to not cover it, if it is not in use pay attention. A piece of black electrical tape works well.
you may receive an E-Mail with a subject line that contains your password. If you open the E-Mail, a threatening message that says, allegedly by a hacker, that your webcam has been hacked and that they already caught you in a moment of intimacy. Now it is time to pay in Bitcoin, or else the hackers will expose you to the public.
The password is compromised, a breach of privacy. You do not pay the hackers. Delete the E-Mail and if you are still using the same password on different Websites, change it now.
tap or click here to see if your E-Mail address got hacked, or stolen.
6. By the government, coronavirus-tests
Coronavirus found online tests are scarce, and many people are eager to find one. The FDA recently approved the first at-home test, a nose swab and said that it safely and precisely. That said, if you find a seller selling “coronavirus-tests” online, which is almost certainly a Scam. You should always consult a doctor before the test and follow the instructions carefully.
7. No-risk investment
If you are following the news, you know how unpredictable the economy is in this moment. While the stock bucking is, investment fraud is rampant, seduce eager money-makers, the “guaranteed returns”, and other optimistic formulation. Fraudsters pursuit of realistic scenarios, such as the procurement of money for a company, the medical masks.
8. Fake bosses and employees
From a hacker’s perspective, the WFH business is the perfect chance to in a network, you take on an E-Mail account and send realistic-sounding messages to the employees. Strange messages are more difficult to check if they are distributed to employees geographically, and everyone is concerned about the layoffs. Hackers can also use your company’s imitate-help desk, requesting passwords for “verification.” Even if a request sounds legitimate, confirm the information by phone.
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9. Fake small business loan sites
Small business owners are struggling, and scammers know the Payroll protection program and the economic injury Disaster Loan processes can be difficult to navigate. A listener who was my card recently from a fake-SBA-Website, a “down payment” to help him get a loan.
The only place where you should apply the state support for small businesses is the SBA.gov.
10. Donation fraud
Perhaps the most insidious Plan is a fraud at the Moment of the donation. Fake charities abound in times of crisis and the pandemic is no different. Crowdsourcing platforms are a life-saver, if you are hosted by the actual charity, but you can fool a lot of good-so people interested in handing over your money to criminals.
Before you give money, you can check charity rating.
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Released on Sat, 25 Apr 2020 08:00:08 +0000