Some of these criminals are impersonating staff from the World Health Organization (WHO) or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to try and get you to give them your personal information. They do so by sending phishing emails asking you to share sensitive data like usernames and passwords. The emails may also include links that direct you to a phishing website, or an attachment that spreads malware to your computer.
The emails may tell you that providing the information, clicking on the link, or opening the attachment is something you must do for "safety reasons." However, there's nothing safe about offering personal information or opening an attachment that can be used against you.
It's not just the WHO and the CDC that are being impersonated. Scammers will try just about any method to scare you into giving away your personal data. The information you receive might promote COVID-19 awareness, prevention, fake vaccine offers, or other "useful" suggestions.
To guard against this threat, take the following precautions:
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