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Sunday, March 22, 2020
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BEWARE of COVID 19 Scams

We want to remind you that during media intense events like the corona virus, cyber attackers try to scam you or launch phishing attacks that attempt to get you to click on malicious links or open infected email attachments.

Here are some of the most common indicators that the phone call or email you received is most likely a scam or attack:

  • Any messages that communicates a tremendous sense of urgency. The bad guys are trying to rush you into making a mistake.
  • Any message that pressures you into bypassing or ignoring  security policies and procedures.
  • Any message that promotes miracle cures, such as vaccines or medicine that will protect you. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Be very suspicious of any phone call or message that pretends to be an official or government organization urging you to take immediate action.
  • Any message that asks for you to donate money or for your personal information.  YOU choose who you want to donate to.

For the latest updates consider visiting the World Health Organization (WHO) or the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Please keep in mind Coronavirus scams and attacks can happen at work or at home, via email, text messaging or even over the phone.

Simply delete these emails, or hang up on people who call you.

Don’t fall victim to bad guys playing on your emotions.

U.S. Attorney Dunn & @TheJusticeDept are asking EVERYONE to report suspected fraud related to #COVID19 by calling the National Center for Disaster Fraud hotline (1-866-720-5721) or by e-mailing the NCDF at disaster@leo.gov.

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