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How to protect yourself against Covid-19 online scams


Team Udayavani, Apr 4, 2020, 12:53 PM IST

As the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, criminals are taking advantage of people’s fear. Situations like COVID-19 can make people more vulnerable to scams, and therefore more attractive to scammers.

Here is how you can protect yourself against Covid-19 scams

  • Beware of fake websites claiming to detect virus or infected people’s location are designed to steal sensitive data.
  • Be wary of any emails, text messages, social media communications, or phone calls you receive that promise payments. Emails with links to fake web-login screens designed to steal employee credentials, such as your password or other login information.
  • If you work for an organization, ask your IT department whether their systems are checking senders’ identities
  • Don’t provide your personal information in response to any online requests and avoid clicking on unknown links.
  • Phone apps which claim to detect, or track Covid-19 are designed to load ransomware on phones.
  • Avoid disinformation with multiple sources and make it a point to get information from trusted, news sources and take the time to double-check any news related to Covid-19.

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