Defend Your Data: Don’t fall for a COVID 19 scams
Criminals posing as legitimate medical or health organizations are attempting to scam unsuspecting victims during this time of uncertainty. Many federal agencies including the FBI, Secret Service, Federal Trade Commission, and Food & Drug Administration have recently issued warnings to be aware of scams associated with COVID 19.
As always, proceed with caution. Be skeptical of emails you receive from an unknown sender and follow these tips to defend your data:
- Don’t open attachments claiming to contain pertinent information about how to protect yourself from the disease.
- Never click links and enter your email password to read more.
- Be wary of emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or “experts” claiming to have important information. At WVU, coronavirus.wvu.edu is your official source of information.
- Disregard fake charities claiming to be collecting money for medical supplies. If someone is pressuring you to send cash or gift cards immediately, don’t do it.
- Avoid purchasing products claiming to be virus treatments from these seven companies the Federal Trade Commission has identified.
- Be cautious when purchasing personal protective equipment such as N95 respirator masks, gowns or COVID-19 testing kits. Check the CDC website to make sure the item is NIOSH-approved. Especially avoid unprompted solicitations to purchase large quantities of these products.
- Ignore online offers for vaccinations. There are currently no vaccines or treatments.
- Avoid promotions to invest in products or services that can detect, prevent or cure the virus.
If you think you may have fallen for a scam and given your personal information, please change your password immediately at login.wvu.edu and set up multi-factor authentication on all important accounts, like banking and email.
For more information about how to avoid scams and defend your data, visit https://it.wvu.edu/security/defend-your-data/spam-and-phishing. Forward all suspicious email to ITS as an attachment to email@example.com