Be Watchful and Check Sources
Hackers are using emotion-driven emails and/or text messages to try to get people to act quickly, without thinking. Usual practices for Businesses and organizations are forced to evolve to meet these unusual demands, staff and systems may be vulnerable. We have heard of at least one major bank that had to shut down their wire system because of unusual activity that occurred while they were implementing their emergency plan.
The messages often appear to be from legitimate sources:
- The World Health Organization (WHO)
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- University and college health services
- Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
- Banks and Credit Unions
Watch for These Red Flags
Beware of coronavirus-themed phishing attempts. It’s easy to lose focus when email volume is high or when working in a different setting. Protecting your email is one of the most important things. Watch out for these red flags:
- Check the subject header and domain name for errors.
- Look for spelling and grammar mistakes.
- Before clicking links, hover over them with your cursor to confirm they are legitimate.
- Don’t respond to companies or people you don’t know.
- Never give out personal information through email.
Stay Safe and Health!
Jefferson Franklin Community Action Corporation