As the coronavirus continues to spread, scammers are trying to take advantage of the situation by sending out malicious email messages to individuals and businesses.

The volume of such messages has increased recently, with many appearing to come from trusted sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), or charitable organizations.

While these messages may appear harmless at first glance, they might include malicious attachments or hyperlinks. Protect yourself against phishing attempts by remaining vigilant and following these reminders:

  • If you receive an unusual or unexpected email message, act with extreme caution. Be especially cautious of messages that pressure you to act quickly.
  • Never click hyperlinks or attachments unless you are expecting the message and have confirmed it is from the legitimate sender.
  • If the email message contains a website link or phone number, do not assume it is trustworthy. Contact the sender directly through one of the options published on their public website.