As I have written many times since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic, scammers are quite adept at exploiting the pandemic to operate a wide variety of scams.  With many people working remotely and many others being furloughed or losing their jobs, scammers have recently been sending phishing emails that appear to come from your employer in which you are told that you have been fired and are directed to click on a link in order to access information about your severance package. However, if you do click on the link, you will download keystroke logging malware that will steal your personal information from your computer or phone and use it to make you a victim of identity theft.

TIPS

The email address sending you the email may appear at first look to be that of your employer, but upon closer inspection, you will see that it is slightly different and not the legitimate email address of your employer.  As I constantly preach, remember my motto, “trust me, you can’t trust anyone.”  In order to avoid downloading a wide variety of malware, never click on any link unless you have absolutely confirmed that it is legitimate.  In this case, a telephone call to your company’s HR department will inform you that the email is a scam.

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

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