14 Apr 2020
As we know, cyber security continues to be a hot topic, and unfortunately cyber criminals are now exploiting the current COVID-19 pandemic for their own objectives. It’s therefore important that you are aware of scams that are circulating and are extra cautious of emails and texts relating to coronavirus.
In the UK, the National Cyber Security Centre has detected more UK government branded scams relating to COVID-19 than any other subject. These scams often target people with phishing emails and texts, many of which will download ransomware, and in the worse cases can lock an entire organisation out of its own network until a ransom is paid.
These attacks all start with an email or text that aim to make you curious about an alert or offer, so you will click on a link or a file. This can then download a virus or allow the criminal to take control of your device.
These scams often look real and use the genuine logos and branding of the company they are pretending to be from, whether the Government, HMRC or the NHS. They are often timely too, for example, urging you to claim benefits or your tax back due to coronavirus, or share a link to confirmed coronavirus cases in your area.
We'd advise everyone to be extra cautious of emails or texts relating to coronavirus, only clicking on links that you know are genuine, and only following official sources of information.
Please also remind yourself of the signs of a scam email or text below: