Cybersecuritycovid-19 scams

The COVID-19 pandemic created a worldwide panic. To cyber criminals, this presents an opportunity to steal money, data, and identities. Scammers can manipulate people’s emotions to get them to act against their interests.

What COVID-19 themes do scammers use to hook their victims?

  • Company HR communications
  • Online meeting platforms
  • Stimulus checks
  • Airline carrier refunds
  • Tracking maps
  • Vaccines
  • Investment opportunities
  • Purchasing scarce products
  • Home tests
  • Miracle cures
  • Charity donations
  • Tech support scams
  • Fake Coronavirus computer anti-virus programs
  • Healthcare organization alerts. Particularly, if they come from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Doctors’ advice
  • Work-from-home job opportunities

How do scammers attack their victims?

How can you avoid COVID-19 scams?

  • Keep your devices updated, scanned, and backed up
  • Follow work-at-home network security tips here
  • Be cautious with COVID-19/Coronavirus-themed communications
  • Watch out for phishing warning signs including
    • Claims to be an official person or organization
    • Generic greetings, misspellings, and blurred logos
    • Unsolicited links and attachments
    • Requests for personal information and large sums of money
  • Use multi-factor authentication on email and sensitive online accounts
  • Refuse too-good-to-be-true offers. They usually have offers for scarce products and services, a limited time to respond, and an urgent call to action.
  • Use reputable websites for the latest COVID-19 information including the CDC and WHO.
  • Review this blog for protecting your online meetings
  • If you suspect someone defrauded you, file a police report and send a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

How can SwiftTech help?

If you have any questions about COVID-19 scams, you can contact us at or 877-794-3811. Also, if you would like extra protection for your IT systems, you can ask us about our subscription-based cloud service called Security as a Service. It includes email security, web security, enterprise anti-virus/anti-malware protection, ransomware protection, intrusion prevention, and security monitoring. You can check out this page here for more details.