Be on the Lookout for Potential Scams
During media-intense events like this, cyber attackers take advantage of people’s concern and attempt to scam you or launch phishing attacks (email scams) to get you to click on malicious links or open infected email attachments. Note: WoodmenLife will never ask for personal information over email, such as social security and credit card numbers.
Here are some of the most common indicators that the phone call or email you received is most likely a scam or attack:
- Any message that communicates a tremendous sense of urgency. Scams try to rush you into making a mistake.
- Any message that pressures you into bypassing or ignoring your personal security.
- Any message that promotes miracle cures, such as vaccines or medicines that will protect you. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Be very suspicious of any phone call or message that pretends to be an official or government organization urging you to take immediate action.
For the latest updates, consider visiting the World Health Organization or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites. Please keep in mind coronavirus scams and attacks can happen at work or at home, via email, text messaging or even over the phone. Don’t fall victim to criminals playing on your emotions.