Scammers are looking to scare people into falling for a COVID-19 contamination scam that contains a link that is designed to steal personal information. Scammers are sending potential victims a text message informing them that someone they know tested positive for the coronavirus. However, it is just a trap.
Who Is It Targeting: Text message users
What Is It: A phishing scam based on fears of COVID-19
What Are They After: Text message users have reportedly received alerts that someone they know has tested positive for COVID-19. The message instructs them to self-isolate immediately, and then to click the link for further information and action. However, it is all part of a COVID-19 contamination scam. Police have warned that the link is likely designed to steal people’s personal data.
How Can You Avoid It:
- Stay informed; COVID-19 information is not yet being shared this way
- Never click a link, download an attachment or open a file that you were not specifically expecting
- Follow trusted sources like the CDC or your local EMA for accurate information on the virus
If you think you may be a victim of identity theft or a COVID-19 contamination scam, contact the Identity Theft Resource Center for toll-free, no-cost assistance at 888.400.5530 or live chat with an expert advisor. Find more information about current scams and alerts here. For full details of this scam check out this article from IDTheftCenter.org.
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