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Phishing: Coronavirus Emails Trick Recipients

Posted: 2/5/2020 11:06:00 AM

Watch out for emails about the coronavirus, they may be phishing attacks. New malicious phishing campaigns taking advantage of the fear and news around coronavirus are making their way to email inboxes this week. Using that public fear increases the chances that people will click on links or open attachments – including ones that ask for your password. In one campaign, a phishing email claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned about new infections – and promised a list of cases in the area after you click on a link. Others ask you to open attachments to view safety measures about spreading the virus. Always be suspicious of: • any email that asks you to do something specific • creates a sense of immediacy or urgency • uses credentials or titles to make claims to authenticity