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Earlier this week, we wrote about the rise in malware and Phishing attacks, but since then, there's been an increase in attacks from phishing’s first cousin, smishing. The word smishing combines SMS, the primary format for text messaging, and phishing. Just like phishing, the attacker wants you to click on a link included in a text message to download malware to your phone, visit a malicious website, or call a fraudulent number. This is not just limited to regular text messages though. Other instant messaging platforms, such as WhatsApp, iMessage, and Skype, are also being used.
With COVID-19 affecting nearly all corners of the world, fraudsters continue to exploit fear and anxiety as a way of provoking people to open malicious emails. The newest phishing campaign tells recipients that they have recently encountered a colleague, friend, or family member who has COVID-19, and they must be tested themselves.
Don’t be a victim. As the Coronavirus takes a growing toll on people’s pocketbooks, and reports circulate that the government will soon be sending out checks to each of us, scammers have seized this opportunity to prey on consumers. Here are some do’s and don’ts to keep yourself safe.