COVID-19 Phishing Texts
The spread of COVID-19 has directly correlated with a drastic increase in phishing attacks, most of which are related to the virus as cybercriminals take advantage of public fear. Google reported more than 18 million daily malware and phishing emails related to COVID-19 scams in the past week, in addition to the 240 million daily spam messages that are related to the virus. A police department in Maine has reported that cybercriminals are now releasing phishing messages related to COVID-19 through text messages.
This scam warns receivers that someone they recently came in contact with has tested positive for COVID-19 and urges them to click on an attached link for more information. The attached link is not connected to any official agency and is instead designed to steal personal information from unsuspecting victims.
If you receive any unsolicited texts, emails, or other forms of information regarding COVID-19, be sure to think twice before clicking on any included links. For information about COVID-19, including symptoms, resources, and more, it’s best to go directly to a reliable source to avoid receiving any false information. The best sources to visit for information include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.