Ever since the quarantine began, many people have started to receive messages and emails. These messages or emails say that the receiver came into a corona positive person. However, these are just phishing scams. They contain some kind of link which takes a person’s personal information.
These kinds of scams have become incredibly common right now. Most people are at their homes and are using internet way more than they normally do. Scammers have begun to increase their efforts to trap more people.
We have information on some of the scams they are using.
Usually, the tech giant, Google, goes through about 240 million spam related emails or messages. However, during the last couple of days, they have seen a very high increase in scams relating to coronavirus. That number is more than 18 million emails every single day.
These emails mostly consist of phishing scams where users end up clicking some random link. They give out their personal information. Now, these scams are using the coronavirus tactic to lure people into being scammed. Not just this, these emails might even say that they are from a person’s employer. That certainly would lure an office worker because they are working from home. These emails might also show that they are from health department and government agencies.
Have you heard of the Nigerian Prince scams? This kind of scam has been around for a very long time. During the quarantine, a new version of the Nigerian prince scam is going around the web. People are trying to find ways to earn income as they are stuck at home. Some scammers use this chance to take away money from innocents.
In this scam, they offer jobs or a way to earn money. However, people have to provide a certain sum to these scammers. Some people who do not understand they are being scammed, pay that sum. After that, they never hear from these scammers again. These kinds of scams are very easy to pull off if you find a desperate person. Some of these scams require people to give out their banking info which is way worse.
Fake Coronavirus Websites
Mostly all of the big social media companies are taking these kinds of scams seriously. Here, these phishing scams misinform people by showing fake website ads. These websites are selling fake treatments and vaccines for coronavirus. Besides this, some of these websites provide fake information to lure people into giving out their bank details.
Recently, AVAAZ stated that some fake information is going around Facebook. Facebook found this to be true and took action by updating its policy regarding fake coronavirus news. Facebook will also be notifying people who interacted with such misinformation.