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Beware of COVID-19 email scams

Author: tidBiTS

Posted on Mar 16, 2020

Category: IT Security , General Interest , IT Security Alerts , News

In light of growing news and concern around Coronavirus (COVID-19), scammers are launching fraudulent email campaigns attempting to take advantage of COVID-19 information and support.

About COVID-19 email scams

  • Ask you to open an attachment or click a link to donate to support efforts or see COVID-19 information.
  • Claim to come from trustworthy sources like:
    • Employers
    • Governments
    • The World Health Organization (WHO)
    • Financial Institutions

Ways to protect yourself

  • Do not click links or open attachments in emails – they may contain malware or be used to steal your personal information.
  • Go to websites directly to donate or see information – type the organization’s name or URL directly into your browser search bar.
  • Always double check the email sender’s name and email address.
  • Look for branding and spelling/grammar mistakes.
  • Be extra cautious of emails sounding urgent or threatening.

For more information on how to keep cyber-secure during these difficult times, please visit the Government of Canada’s Canadian Centre for Cyber Security. 

Learn more about how to recognize email phishing scams by completing your UNB cybersecurity training (Beauceron):

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the IT Service Desk at: