WAYNE, NJ – During Tuesday’s daily Wayne coronavirus update, Mayor Chris Vergano warned against an email phishing scam designed to capture important personal information from computers.
“There's a new Coronavirus themed phishing attack going through email,” said Vergano.
The scam email lets you know that you may have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and to click on a link. The link will then download malware to your computer that will allow the perpetrators of the scam access to your computer and any personal information you may have stored on it, such as saved credit card or banking information and passwords.
“If the Township knows that you have been in contact with someone who tested positive, a member of our health department will call you,” said Vergano.
The Federal Trade Commission website has a list of coronavirus scams. Their website is: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/coronavirus-scams-what-ftc-doing
Suggestions for avoiding Coronavirus scams From the FTC website:
- Don’t respond to texts, emails or calls about checks from the government.
- Ignore online offers for vaccinations and home test kits. There are no products proven to treat or prevent COVID-19 at this time.
- Hang up on robocalls. Scammers are using illegal robocalls to pitch everything from low-priced health insurance to work-at-home schemes.
- Watch for emails claiming to be from the CDC or WHO. Use sites like coronavirus.gov and usa.gov/coronavirus to get the latest information. And don’t click on links from sources you don’t know.
- Do your homework when it comes to donations. Never donate in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money.
From the FTC website: “Scammers use email or text messages to trick you into giving them your personal information. But there are several things you can do to protect yourself.”
- How to Recognize Phishing
- How to Protect Yourself From Phishing Attacks
- What to Do If You Suspect a Phishing Attack
- What to Do If You Responded to a Phishing Email
- How to Report Phishing
The key is to be wary of unsolicited emails, texts or phone calls. Do not click on links from anything sent to you from an unknown source. If you believe that it is real, then google the site they want you to go to and enter the website from the known source you search.
Common sense goes a long way in protecting you from illegal scams.