Stimulus Phishing Scams on the Rise

From Advent Communication Systems, Washington, PA. Great information for individuals and business owners.

Phishing attacks linked to the coronavirus are on the rise. Cybercriminals are using this opportunity to gain access to company and personal information.

Virus-related phishing emails dripping with malware are a significant problem. Expect it to get worse here. Fear or a desire to learn about a “brand new prevention,” “source of masks,” “toilet paper,” or “get your stimulus check now” are emotions hackers prey upon.

Disinformation is being used to incite confusion and fear and spread malware. The U.S. Health and Human Services Department was hacked Sunday and fake texts were sent out falsely proclaiming a national quarantine. Expect more of the same.

To protect yourself:

  • Think before you click
  • Examine the link
  • Don’t open attachments
  • Guard your financial statements
  • Consider viewing coronavirus information exclusively from reputable websites
  • Go to Google and search for them by typing in the name of the organization
  • Try to avoid using a link you are sent as some of these may be phishing or breach attempts. This includes emails sent to you by trusted sources including friends and family.

You can also protect your business with a cyber liability policy for your business from E. R. Munro and Company. Give us a call at 1-877-376-8676 or email Greg Magnus at [email protected]