Tomorrow is Father’s Day which for many people is an opportunity to show our fathers how much we love and appreciate them. For scam artists, it is yet another opportunity to scam people.
One of the most common Father’s Day scams involves e-cards which are great, particularly for those of us who forget to send a Father’s Day card until the last minute. This year, in particular, we may see many more e-cards being sent for Father’s Day because of the inconvenience involved in buying traditional greeting cards during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Identity thieves send emails purporting to contain a link to an electronic Father’s Day card, but instead of an electronic greeting card, what they actually are sending is malware that becomes downloaded when the victim clicks on the link. A common type of malware sent by criminals is keystroke logging malware enables an identity thief to steal personal information from the victim’s computer that can be used for purposes of identity theft. In other instances, the malware is ransomware which will encrypt all of your data which the hacker threatens to destroy unless you pay a cryptocurrency ransom.
Never click on a link to open an electronic greeting card unless the e card specifically indicates who sent the card. Phony e cards will not indicate the name of the sender. Even if the sender is someone you recognize, you should independently confirm with that person that they indeed sent you an e card before clicking on the link. Don’t depend upon your security software to protect your phone, computer or tablet because even the most up to date security software will always be behind the latest zero day defect malware.
For those of you receiving the Scam of the day through an email, I just want to remind you that if you want to see the ever increasing list of Coronavirus scams go to the first page of the http://www.scamicide.com website and click on the tab at the top of the page that indicates “Coronavirus Scams.” Scamicide’s list of Coronavirus was recently featured in the New York Times.
Also, for those of you working at home during the pandemic, here is a link to a helpful article in which I was one of the people interviewed that provides tips for cybersecurity awareness for employees. https://www.vpnranks.com/blog/cybersecurity-awareness-for-employees/
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