Coronavirus Vaccine Presents Opportunity for Cybercriminals

In the wake of the distribution of a new COVID-19 vaccine, scammers are looking to capitalize on consumers’ fears of the deadly virus.

Cybersecurity experts are tracking illicit attempts to actually sell the vaccine or to help people find out when they may be eligible to get it.

Agencies are warning consumers that individuals posing as health officials or doctors are sending texts, email, advertisements and other inducements to help steal identities, install a virus, and/or ultimately to make money.

Nick Hampson is the head of engineering for Checkpoint Software Technologies, which is tasked with making the internet more secure. He says “They are looking for you to answer an email.”

The bogus emails often appear to be coming from a doctor or government agency like the CDC. Recipients are asked to click on a link that suggests access to a vaccine after the consumer enters personal information like social security numbers.

The Better Business Bureau reminds everyone to be skeptical of digital correspondence advertising the vaccine and to double check the source. And before doing anything, the BBB strongly suggests contacting a doctor as well as ensuring the validity of any alleged health care agency website.

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