The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warns
individuals to remain vigilant for scams related to Coronavirus Disease 2019
(COVID-19). Cyber actors may send emails with malicious attachments or links to
fraudulent websites to trick victims into revealing sensitive information or
donating to fraudulent charities or causes. Exercise caution in handling any
email with a COVID-19-related subject line, attachment, or hyperlink, and be
wary of social media pleas, texts, or calls related to COVID-19.
CISA encourages individuals to remain vigilant and take the following
- Avoid clicking on links in unsolicited emails and be
wary of email attachments. See Using Caution with Email
Attachments and Avoiding
Social Engineering and Phishing Scams for more information.
- Use trusted sources—such as legitimate, government websites—for
up-to-date, fact-based information about COVID-19.
- Do not reveal personal or financial information in
email, and do not respond to email solicitations for this information.
- Verify a charity’s authenticity before making
donations. Review the Federal Trade Commission’s page on Charity
Scams for more information.
- Review CISA Insights on Risk
Management for COVID-19 for more information.