Countries around the world have developed COVID-19 tracking applications for mobile devices. These apps use digital tracking to help identify and notify users who have been in contact with someone diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus. Only a handful of countries have released this kind of app to the public, but cybercriminals are already using them as inspiration for scams.
The scammers are sending “phishing” emails and “smishing” attacks (phishing via text messages) claiming that you have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19. The message insists that you get tested, and includes a link that leads to a website where you can sign up for more information. The link takes you to a harmful website that is designed to steal any information you enter, then deliver it to the scammers.
Remember these tips:
- Never click on a link from an email or text message that you weren’t expecting – even if it appears to be from a legitimate organization.
- Think before you click. The scammers are expecting an impulsive click.
- Stay up-to-date on local regulations and containment efforts through official government websites and trusted news sources.