The COVID-19 pandemic has presented an opportunity for cybercriminals to send emails claiming to be from legitimate organizations with information about the coronavirus. Scam can include financial scams, misinformation campaigns, spear fishing attempts, and telephone deceptions and often include collecting sensitive information, stealing money, spreading false information or hacking into the victim’s device.
COVID-19 scam emails can take different forms, including providing CDC alerts, health advice, and workplace policy emails.
Here are some tips on protecting yourself from scams related to COVID-19:
The best way to find legitimate information about COVID-19 is to go directly to a reliable source for information including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and the National Institutes of Health. The most reliable local information can be found on the Illinois Department of Health (IDPH), State of Illinois, DuPage County and City of Elmhurst websites.