Scammers constantly take advantage of whatever is foremost in the minds of the people to turn it into an opportunity for scams.  Since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic we have seen many phishing emails that exploit the public’s interest and concern about the Coronavirus to lure people into clicking on malware infected links in phishing emails that appear to provide important information about the Coronavirus.  Now, as outrageous as it may seem, it was probably inevitable that scammers would attempt to exploit interest in the Black Lives Matter movement which took on new levels of public interest following the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

It is being reported that emails with the subject line “Vote anonymous about Black Lives Matter” are being sent in which the recipient of the email is encouraged to click on a link in the email to leave an opinion about the Black Lives Matter movement.  Unfortunately, the link is infected with malware that gets downloaded on to your computer when you click on the link.  The malware is keystroke logging malware that will steal personal information from your computer which will be used to make you a victim of identity theft.

TIPS

Remember my motto, “trust me, you can’t trust anyone.”   You can never be sure when you receive an email, text message or phone call as to who is really contacting you so you should never click on links, download attachments or provide personal information unless you have absolutely confirmed that the communication is legitimate even if the email or text message appears to come from a trusted source.  Your trusted source may have been hacked specifically in order to be used to send emails or text messages that will appear to be legitimate.  It is also important to remember that even if you are using the most up to date security software on your cell phone, computer or other electronic device, you are not protected from the latest forms of malware.  It generally takes the security software companies at least a month before they come up with security updates for the latest zero day defects.

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.com was recently cited by the New York Times as one of three best sources for information about Coronavirus related scams.

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