The Covid-19 crisis is putting a major strain on UK businesses and individuals. However, it’s not just the lockdown that is impacting people’s finances. Online, Coronavirus scams are becoming more pervasive by the hour.
In April, the UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) was successful in uncovering over 2,000 online Coronavirus scams. Here, we’ll look at some of the most common. More importantly, we’ll look at how you can stay safe online.
Are you someone in a high-risk group who might struggle to recover from the Coronavirus? If so, you have likely spent a lot of time online recently, researching the best prevention methods.
Sadly, if you are spending a lot of time online looking for things like Coronaviris face masks, you are at a high risk of falling victim to Covid-19 scams.
As a rule, the easiest way to prevent falling victim to scammers running fake Coronavirus stores is to only shop online at reputable retailers.
At the start of the Coronavirus crisis, many UK businesses sent out updates via email. Typically, these updates let customers know about changes to store opening times, etc.
Sadly, Coronavirus scam merchants have since taken advantage of the fact that most people now always open emails with Coronavirus subject lines. As a result, Google alone is currently blocking over 18-million Covid-19 scam emails every day.
In every case, recipients of suspicious emails or texts should report these to email providers and phone carriers. More importantly, you should make sure to never follow links in emails or texts that take you to websites asking you to sign up with them or enter personal information. Additionally, if you would like further peace of mind, you should always consult a trusted service provider.
For the most part, avoiding falling victim to email scams is easy. All that it is necessary for you to do is stay vigilant. Sadly, steering clear of some other Coronavirus scams can be a little trickier.
As a result of Coronavirus news and tracking apps becoming popular, scammers online have begun distributing Covid-19 ransomware. This is software that locks user devices until a ransom fee is paid.
Coronavirus scams online look set to be with us for as long as Covid-19 itself is still with us. However, being more security-aware can reduce your chances of falling victim to scams.
If in doubt, don’t open suspicious emails or visit websites you are not familiar with. More importantly, make sure to keep your device OS and anti-virus up to date. This will help prevent even the most malicious forms of Coronavirus ransomware.
If you suspect you have fallen victim to a Coronavirus scam, contact us today to understand how you can minimise the impact to your business.