Coronavirus online scam alert

26 Mar 2020


Online criminals are using an increasing number of ways to target businesses and individuals online by using the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation as the ‘hook’ to lure us into phishing e-mails and fake websites.  They are purporting to be from genuine organiations like the World Health Organisation (WHO), HMRC as well as some malicious Coronavisus themed apps.  They are then using the pandemic as a way of getting malware and viruses onto our devices to steal credentials, access webcams, commit fraud and hold us to ransom.  Some examples are below.

  • Go to the organisations’ genuine website
  • Check the detail of the URL or website address
  • Avoid clicking on links on e-mails and text messages
  • Think before you click
  • Don’t rush to give away personal details
  • Don’t assume everything you receive is genuine

As aways, any online crimes and frauds need to be reported to Action Fraud – we recommend by phone, especially for Ransomware and Denial of Service attacks which are classed as live cyber crimes.

Important resources to help you stay safer online

There are some really important resources available from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) which are vital for any business to help stay safe online.  They include guidance on working from home, a scam involving fake maps with coronavirus outbreaks which puts malware on your machine and guidance on updating anti-virus and malware.

To access these documents click here