Tuesday, March 31, 2020

COVID, Fraud and You

From our friends at the Ohio Insurance Agents association:

"Phishing emails are a great way for hackers to gain access to your system. Phishing is a cyber-crime term that describes how criminals pose as legitimate institutions or a trustworthy entity/individual to trick you into providing sensitive data such as login ID’s and passwords.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, cyber-criminals are using fear and uncertainty to prompt people to click on emails that promise supplies of paper products, hand sanitizer, and other products that are in short supply. Some reports are indicating that consumers are giving credit card information thinking they are buying supplies for their household.  Phishing doesn’t come in just the form of emails; you need to be aware that phishing can happen via text and phone calls as well

So what can you do?

Well, for one thing, always check the return address on these emails, they'll often (usually?) be an obvious fake. And before clicking any links, check with your (or your company's) IT folks for verification.

Be careful out there!!
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