Scammers are leveraging the COVID-19 pandemic to steal your money, your personal information, or both. Don’t let them. Protect yourself and do your research before clicking on links purporting to provide information on the virus; donating to a charity online or through social media; contributing to a crowdfunding campaign; purchasing products online; or giving up your personal information in order to receive money or other benefits. The FBI advises you to be on the lookout for the following:
* Fake CDC Emails
* Phishing Emails
* Counterfeit Treatments or Equipment
If you are looking for accurate and up-to-date information on COVID-19, the CDC has posted extensive guidance and information that is updated frequently. The best sources for authoritative information on COVID-19 are https://www.cdc.gov/ and https://www.coronavirus.gov/. You may also consult your primary care physician for guidance.
The FBI is reminding you to always use good cyber hygiene and security measures. By remembering the following tips, you can protect yourself and help stop criminal activity:
* Do not open attachments or click links within emails from senders you don't recognize.
* Do not provide your username, password, date of birth, social security number, financial data, or other personal information in response to an email or robocall.
* Always verify the web address of legitimate websites and manually type them into your browser.
* Check for misspellings or wrong domains within a link (for example, an address that should end in a ".gov" ends in .com" instead).
If you believe you are the victim of an Internet scam or cyber crime, or if you want to report suspicious activity, please visit the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at https://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx.
Questions regarding this PSA should be directed to your local FBI Field Office.
Local Field Office Locations: https://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field-offices